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Digital Hearing Aids

Updated 15/07/2021

Digital Hearing Aids

Digital Hearing Aids

Digital Hearing Aids - What are they?

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.

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Are digital hearing aids better than analog? 

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.

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.

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Benefits of digital hearing aids

What are the benefits of digital hearing aids?  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, the rise of the 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:

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Which digital hearing aids are right for me?

Digital Hearing Aids - Audiological requirements

There are different types of hearing loss that require different 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.

Digital Hearing Aids - Accessories

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.

Digital Hearing Aids - Size

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.

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Digital Hearing Aids - 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:

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

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Top Questions About Digital Hearing Aids

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

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 provide a good audiology service, it isn't for everyone.  For example, 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.

This article was written by Paul Harrison

Meet Paul Harrison, Audiology Expert

Managing Director & founder of Hearing Aid UK, with over 20 years of audiology experience and a member of the British Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists Council (BSHAA) between 2015-2020.

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