Hearing loss is a problem which affects many in India, particularly in the elderly population. We have also pointed out in some of our earlier blogs, like the one titled “Hearing Problems affects a person’s physical and emotional well being“, the many adverse effects the problem one can have. In some cases hearing aid devices can to some extent help resolve the problem. It could prevent further deterioration in the hearing level condition. But even with hearing aid devices people may be facing some specific problems too. Thus many developments are taking place in the hearing aid device technologies every day. In this blog we will try to make you aware about some of the latest developments in this field.
Some problems hearing impaired people face with hearing aid devices
The human auditory system is able to naturally pick out a voice in a crowded room. But developing a hearing aid that mimics this ability is a problem which the Hearing aid manufacturers are facing. Research shows that less than 25% of people who need a hearing aid device actually use one. The greatest frustration among potential users face is that a hearing aid, is that they cannot distinguish between a human voice and other sounds, if both of them occur at the same time. For example if a person is speaking while a car is also passing in the background, the hearing aid device would amplify the volume on both. Thus the person using the device would be at great difficulty in following what is being spoken.
What is worse is that without the right hearing aid, the condition of most suffering from hearing loss would actually get worse. The World Health Organization (WHO) at present estimates that 15 percent of adults, or roughly 766 million people, suffer from hearing loss. That number is rising as the population expands and the proportion of older adults becomes larger. Thus there is great need for creating the right hearing aid which would help treat the problem.
New technologies which will help resolve the problem
To produce a better hearing experience for hearing aid wearers, a recent hearing aid technology was developed in the US. This recently developed technology does the task of segregating sounds. Multiple versions of a digital filter used in this new technology have been tested. The unique benefit of this path breaking technology is that it not only amplifies sound but can also isolate speech from background noise and automatically adjust the volumes of each separately.
The developers believe the new technology can ultimately help to restore a hearing-impaired person’s comprehension to match—or even exceed—that of a person with normal hearing ability. What is even more encouraging is that the use of it is not just restricted to hearing aid devices but it can also help to improve smart phone speech recognition. As an employer you could even use it amongst your employees to help them work on noisy floors as well.
To conclude we can say that with the latest research a lot is happening to treat the problem of hearing loss. To know more about hearing loss treatments, please visit our website.