Digital vs. Analog hearing aids
The first popular hearing aids were analog hearing aids. While analog hearing aids still exist today, they have mostly been replaced by digital hearing aids.
There is a big difference between digital vs. analogue hearing aids, and it mostly has to do with how the devices process sound. Digital hearing aids convert incoming sound into digital signal and then process it before converting it back into an analog signal and sending it into your ears. This process allows for sound to be clearer and more true-to-life.
Think about when you are sitting in a noisy restaurant and trying to have a conversation with a friend. If you’re wearing analog hearing aids all sounds are amplified – your friend’s voice, the background music, the clinking of dishes, and the mumble of other diners’ conversations. But if you’re wearing digital hearing aids the experience is different. These devices will take all the sound of the restaurant in and give you only what you want to hear. Your friend’s voice will come through clear while the other background noises will remain quiet. That’s because digital hearing aids are smart devices that are equipped with things like noise reduction, directional microphones, and feedback cancellation systems.
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