Digital hearing aids improve the lives of millions by making it easier to hear and communicate. But how do these tiny devices work?
Hearing aids have come a long way since the days of clunky transistors that made everything louder. Today’s discreet digital hearing aids work by improving the quality of sound, rather than simply hoicking up its volume. Speech is easier to hear, while distracting background noise is blocked to suit your preferences. The results are life-changing for millions of people.
But according to UK organisations including the RNID (Royal National Institute for Deaf People) and Hearing Link, far more people should be benefiting from hearing aids. While 59% of UK people wear glasses, only just over 3% use hearing aids. According to the RNID, one in five UK adults (12 million) currently suffer from hearing loss, and the figure is rising. That’s a lot of people whose social lives, working lives, health and happiness could be transformed by wearing these ever-more sophisticated devices.