Your hearing aids are designed to meet the needs of many listening situations. Whether you are trying to hear someone whisper or trying NOT to hear your grandson’s screaming, your hearing aids are designed to accommodate the most challenging listening needs – often automatically and sometimes via manual controls.
Automatic hearing aid volume controlYour hearing aids
probably have built-in automatic volume control.
This means that the hearing aid volume is adjusted automatically in accordance with your sound environment. Loud sounds
picked up by the hearing aid are amplified less than soft sounds, and the level of amplification will always depend on your hearing loss.
Manual hearing aid volume control
Sometimes you may want to adjust your hearing aid volume yourself. Many hearing aids also have manual volume controls
, which are shaped like small levers. According to Widex mechanical designer Niels Christian Damgaard Jakobsen, Widex designed these controls to be intuitive:
“We use tactile switches in our new hearing aids
,” says Niels. “For example, the volume and program buttons on Widex FASHION
give the users a ‘click feeling’ – so that the response they get is not only audio but also tactile, for example as a feeling in their fingers.”
When designing the switches, we focus on makes the use of these functions as natural as possible:
“From a usability perspective
, the idea of having a toggle key for the volume on the top side of the hearing aid and a push button
for programs on the bottom of the hearing aid was to divide the interaction intuitively. By doing so, the user would use one finger for volume adjustment and another finger for program toggle,” says Niels.