Digital processing is indeed, the wave of the future and the market share of all digital products is growing rapidly - in TV's, cell phones, movies (D.V.D's), domestic appliances, C.D.'s and in hearing instruments. From an engineering viewpoint, digital processing, which processes sound mathematically, bit by bit in binary code is much cleaner, crisper and more stable than analogue processing. It offers better overall performance and is relatively easy to update, modify and revise, thereby providing superior consumer satisfaction in hearing instruments as well as in C.D.'s ( think of the comparison of sounds from C.D.'s to pre-recorded tapes and vinyl L.P.'s). 

Digital hearing instruments are not just "new high priced toys" - they are indeed better hearing aids for most patients depending on two (2) major factors: 

1. The brand (manufacturer) and its digital architecture (platform of hardware and software)  

2. The professional (specialist or audiologist) fitting and programming the instruments. 

It is absolutely vital to note that in both 100% digital and in digitally programmable products, all brands are not created equal. There are clear winners and losers in technology development and therefore consumer satisfaction (results). Some manufacturers are patently two (2) to three (3) years ahead of others in digital research and development, experience and in bottom line quality of performance. With 100% digital and digital programmable instruments, expect to pay more - technology is expensive - but don't make the mistake of purchasing on price alone. There are cheap digitals on the market and you truly do get what you pay for - 2nd and 3rd tier products that are actually not much better than conventional aids. Add to this poor programming by the people who market them and you'll be a very unhappy camper. Selection of the best professionals is the key to correct or best brand applications and programming. 

In summary, the major benefits of 100% digital hearing aids are:

  • Preciseness of digital computer technology providing greater accuracy in fitting individual patients.

  • Programmability.

  • Flexibility for total "custom" aided responses.

  • In-situ measurements.

  • Control of acoustic feedback (whistling).

  • Noise reduction and less distortion.

  • Automatic control of signal levels.

  • Self-adaptive adjustments to changing acoustic environments. The best brands actually sample surrounding environments and adapt to those changes in milliseconds.

  • Improved signal to noise ratios.

  • Improved telephone adaptability.

  • Self-monitoring capabilities such as low battery warning systems.

  • Compensation (compression) for frequency specific recruitment.

  • Multiple memories for various listening situations (optional).

  • Completely automatic volume controls for soft high frequency sounds and less volume for louder low frequency sounds.

  • Smaller component (Chip) size resulting in smaller hearing aids.

  • Directional microphones that really work!

  • Ability to revise individual patient prescriptions should hearing loss change.

  • More relaxed listening in most situations. - Listen to the sounds of life again.

100% Digital Hearing Aids

The Best Technology 

The home office for the Florida Society of Hearing Healthcare Professionals is located in Tallahassee, Florida. 


2709 Killarney Way, Suite 4

Tallahassee, FL 32309

Telephone : 850.320.6129

Fax : 850.222.1562
Email : info@floridahearingsociety.com

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