Current Hearing Aid Technology Much new hearing aid technology has become available during the past few years: digital hearing aids, compression technology, improved telecoils, multiple channels, multiple memories, remote controls, and new microphones. These changes come at increased cost; however, it is common for a top-of-the-line hearing aid to sell for $2,000 or ... Article
Article  |   August 01, 1999
Current Hearing Aid Technology
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  • Harriet Kaplan
    Fairfax, VA
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Article   |   August 01, 1999
Current Hearing Aid Technology
SIG 15 Perspectives on Gerontology, August 1999, Vol. 4, 15-19. doi:10.1044/gero4.1.15
SIG 15 Perspectives on Gerontology, August 1999, Vol. 4, 15-19. doi:10.1044/gero4.1.15
Much new hearing aid technology has become available during the past few years: digital hearing aids, compression technology, improved telecoils, multiple channels, multiple memories, remote controls, and new microphones. These changes come at increased cost; however, it is common for a top-of-the-line hearing aid to sell for $2,000 or more, including of course, the services of the audiologist. Many consumers and caregivers are asking whether these features are worth the money. It is important for both consumers and health care providers to understand which features are appropriate for which clients, particularly those who experience difficulty with speech comprehension in less than optimal listening conditions. The purpose of this article is to help health care providers to better understand the function, advantages and disadvantages of advanced hearing aid technology.
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