Digital hearing aids explained
Todays' world is always connecting and always communicating digitally. When we are in our homes we are tuned in to digital TV, media and sound systems. We even drive with GPS systems, so why shouldn't our hearing aids offer digital solutions?
The purpose of this page is to give you some background knowledge of the current digital hearing aids on the market and to answer the most common questions on this topic.
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Digital hearing aids definition
There is now a huge selection of digital hearing aids available on the market today that complement not just different levels of hearing loss, but deliver connectivity needs and enhance lifestyles. Digital hearing aids pair with smartphones and interact with other Bluetooth devices within our homes.
They offer bespoke hearing experiences and allow you to take charge of your hearing aids, so you gain from personalisation and a wide range of health benefits. We are now in a time that is benefiting greatly, as good hearing is linked to increased quality of life.
Digital hearing aids vs analog hearing aids
Wondering what the difference is between analog hearing aids and digital hearing aids? Well, before the industry introduced digital hearing aids, there were only analog devices available. In terms of sound signals, analog hearing aids were constant and uniform in flow. This meant that the layers of sound were missing - unlike digital hearing aids.
Another digital and analog hearing aids difference is for analog hearing aids to adapt - the volume had to be turned up, making your hearing experience more uncomfortable. Background noise reduction was not possible either, without turning up the volume.
Analog and digital hearing aids comparison
So, are digital hearing aids better than analog? Well, in short - yes. Digital hearing aids incorporate sound signals that change and are unique, which ultimately introduces a more natural-sounding speech and audio including depth and variation. This means you can personalise how you hear the sound around you, due to all the digital features available.
Digital hearing aids from our competitors - Compare our prices
Below are links to our two main competitor pages to view what they do and don't offer in regards to hearing aids and hearing healthcare. If you've received a quote from any of these hearing aid retailers - then please take a look at our price list and compare here
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Benefits of digital hearing aids
What are the benefits of digital hearing aids? Are digital hearing aids any good? Over the last few years, there have been some outstanding hearing aid technology developments. Innovations such as advanced sound processing and frequency responses, faster Bluetooth connectivity and compatibility.
Other advantages of digital hearing aids are the rise of digital hearing aid apps and remote assistant features, quick and convenient rechargeable options and artificial intelligence that learns in real-time.
With that in mind, here are some of the advantages of digital hearing aids currently available in the industry:
Digital hearing aids reviews UK
Once a hearing aid has been available for a few months, our audiologists have a better judgment of how well the device performs for wearers and enables us to give honest feedback to consumers. To read our audiologist's reviews of the best digital hearing aids, visit our "Top 5 hearing aids of 2021" page here.
This page also includes our YouTube video about the latest hearing aid launches for your reference and guide.
The audiological requirements of digital hearing aids
There are different types of hearing loss that require different hearing aid fitting strategies. It is important that the hearing aids have sufficient reserve amplification so they will last for several years – not just one or two. We would say that five years is about right.
Digital hearing aids technology & performance
This above all else determines the cost of the hearing aid. The higher the technology, the higher the price. This has nothing to do with the severity of the hearing loss, it’s about how well you want to be able to hear.
Accessories available for digital hearing aids
Some hearing aids have accessories that can be purchased. These include wireless transmitters that enable the sound from a television or telephone or another device to “beam” sound into the hearing aid. The need for certain assistance by way of accessories can heavily influence the choice of make/model of hearing aid required.
The size of digital hearing aids
As a general rule of thumb, the larger the hearing aid the more powerful it is. Smaller hearing aids have smaller batteries which could be difficult for people with poor dexterity. Smaller batteries don’t last as long.
Appearance & style
There are many different styles of hearing aids. The two main categories are ITE (in the ear) and BTE (behind the ear). BTE’s are becoming increasingly popular as they can be extremely small and cosmetic.
Here is a list of the breakdown of all the different types of digital hearing aids available on the market:
What do digital hearing aids cost?
So, what do digital hearing aids cost? The biggest stumbling block to seeking help with hearing loss is the cost of digital hearing aids. They are an investment, especially when most people need two hearing aids but the improvement in the quality of life they give is priceless.
The price of digital hearing aids does vary depending on manufacturer, style, technology, connectivity, level of hearing loss and much more. But as an example, our prices start from £495 each and £895 for a pair. View our pricelist here
Common queries from our patients
Below are some common questions we receive from our customers regarding digital hearing aids. What are the best digital hearing aids? Does the NHS do digital hearing aids? Let's take a look...
Digital hearing aids NHS
Can you get digital hearing aids on the NHS? The short answer is yes. Digital hearing aid models can be set to your specific hearing loss requirements and are now issued as standard on the NHS. However, please remember that although the NHS provides a good audiology service, it isn't for everyone.
Free digital hearing aids NHS
All NHS hearing aids are free, but it is important to remember that the technology and styles available are very limited so if style, choice and connectivity are important to you, you might be disappointed.
NHS digital hearing aid prices
All hearing aids, hearing tests and aftercare by the NHS are free of charge. Whether you choose to go with the NHS or private, finding the right hearing solution for your unique hearing loss is what is most important.
Digital hearing aids with Bluetooth
To find out more about Bluetooth hearing aids, how they work, Bluetooth hearing aids for iPhone, Bluetooth hearing aids for Android and Bluetooth hearing aids for Any Phone - Read our Bluetooth information page here
Digital hearing aid manufacturers
Below are links to the digital hearing aid manufacturers we have available and the main brands within the industry.
Digital hearing aids near me
Fill out the contact form below or call us free on 0800 567 7621 for support and advice, as well as putting you in touch with your local audiologist for your future hearing healthcare needs.
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Can digital hearing aids be recycled?
Digital hearing aids never usually get collected from your own home or even recycling points, but you can sometimes send them back to the hearing aid manufacturer, donate them or send them to charity.
Other places include: Your local GP, NHS audiology department and private audiologist.
When did digital hearing aids come out?
The most impressive advancement from the audiology industry was when digital hearing aid technology was introduced. Oticon was the first hearing aid manufacturer to launch a fully digital hearing aid back in 1995.
Do digital hearing aids use batteries?
So, do digital hearing aids need batteries? In short, yes they do - as do all technical devices. Hearing aids use different sizes of batteries depending on the technology features and size of the device.
Modern-day hearing aids have lithium-ion batteries and rechargeable options available, so no need to replace your batteries - simply charge and go!
What is the life expectancy of digital hearing aids?
Digital hearing aids, as a rule, can last from three to seven years - however, we do advise that you visit your audiologist after three to check that your hearing needs haven't changed or that there is more beneficial technology out there for you.
This is subjective as it all generally depends on how well you maintain your hearing devices, the quality of the device and the 'wear and tear' of the product.
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Do not spend hundreds of pounds without getting a second opinion from us.
When we refer to a product as 'New', we mean that the product is new to the market.
When we refer to a product as 'Superseded', we mean that there is a newer range available which replaces and improves on this product.
When we refer to a product as an 'Older Model', we mean that it is has been superseded by at least two more recent hearing aid ranges.