Hearing Aid Technology


Digital Hearing Aid Features and Technology Levels

The technological advancements of the digital revolution have enabled hearing aids to evolve from cumbersome, electronic devices to lightweight, compact mechanisms that can be tough to see but make it easy to hear. Hearing aids of today can be so inconspicuous that they easily go unnoticed, or designed to be so stylish that you hope everyone notices. No matter which variety you choose, today’s digital hearing aids will have you hearing like you used to, before the hearing loss.

  • Dual microphones allow you to hear better in noisy situations. Some can even identify the source of the noise and reduce it!
  • Open technology that keeps the ear canal unobstructed eliminates that "talking in a barrel" effect.
  • Feedback cancellation does just that...it cancels feedback BEFORE you hear it as an annoying whistle.
  • Hands-free technology automatically adjusts to your listening environment...whether you are on the phone, in a crowd or in wind.
  • Your digital hearing aid can be programmed with a computer to meet your individualized needs.
  • Wireless technology allows you to hear your cell phone, television and home phone in stereo, directly through your hearing aids!


There are so many options available to you! There are four basic technology levels. Each level offers digital hearing solutions based on your level of hearing loss, lifestyle and budget. 

Level 1:
For individuals who: 

- Need basic amplification
- Have few demands on hearing
- Are most concerned with hearing one-to-one conversations or the television
- Tend to be in quiet environments 

Level 2:
For individuals with more active lifestyles who:

- Encounter a variety of small group listening environments
- Want greater fine tuning capabilities
- Desire better performance than available from conventional hearing instruments

Level 3:
For individuals with more active lifestyles who: 

- Encounter a variety of more complex and larger group listening environments
- Want more precise tuning capabilities
- Desire greater frequency range for better speech understanding 

Level 4: 

The most advanced sound processing technology for individuals who: 

- Desire advanced signal processing
- Have an active lifestyle and encounter a very broad range of listening environments
- Experience feedback or other problems requiring advanced fine tuning
- Desire the best performance available from a hearing instrument 


Zoning in on the right balance of price and performance has always been important when choosing a hearing instrument. Today, technology offers more good choices than ever. By making a clear diagnosis of your hearing loss, and listening closely to your expectations, we hope to help you find the best of all possible worlds.

What’s Going to Sound Best to You? (PDF Download)