A hearing aid is a device that amplifies sounds, making it easier for the hearing impaired to listen. With the help of such a device, the hearing impaired can catch the various sounds around them and go about their routine activities.
This is a massive convenience for such people. Not being able to listen properly can gravely affect every aspect of one’s life. In the absence of a hearing aid, a large number of hearing impaired will not be able to perform even the simplest of routine tasks like going to school or work.
Today, most 助聽器 (hearing-aids) use the latest digital technology. This technology converts the analog sound signal to digital signals. It enables the hearing aid to recognize the sounds in the environment and keep track of the data entered by the audiologist in the user’s audiogram.
Traditional Deep Neuron Network Technology
The deep-neuron network technology is used in older types of hearing aids. It limits the functioning of the device. In noisy environments, this type of technology massively reduces the noise from the side and the rear while pronouncing the sounds coming from the front.
Due to this, the user’s hearing is limited as they can only catch the sound signals coming from the front. Fortunately, significant improvements have been made in hearing aid technology. The introduction of the following features enables the hearing impaired to overcome any and all hearing barriers they were facing previously.
Latest Hearing Aid Technology
The latest hearing-aid technology can analyze the sound in the environment coming from any direction. The speed of the sound analysis is up to 500 times per second. A great feature of this technology is that it creates a sound map for all the environmental sounds. This allows the hearing aid to retain and amplify the sounds much faster.
The ‘sound map’ feature is very beneficial for all the hearing impaired. It enables them to immediately identify an individual sound source in the environment and unravel the nature of the sound or the content of the conversation. This effectively removes all communication barriers for the impaired.
Deep Neural Network
The Deep Neural Network (DNN) is a highly beneficial artificial intelligence program that can study the brain’s operation mode. This allows it to learn, adapt, and improve its functioning constantly.
The DNN has a massive database of real sounds of the world. It contains approximately 12 million sounds. This database allows the hearing aid user to recognize and retain a sound in the environment immediately.
The fast speed of this technology is undoubtedly beneficial for the hearing impaired to maintain coherence and smoothness in their lives. The user has to move from one place to another constantly. This means the sounds in their environment are incessantly changing as well.
With the fast adaptability, recognition, and processing speed of the DNN technology, users can grasp and understand every sound in the environment, even if it is changing at a fast pace.
The old hearing-aid technology was quite challenging and inadequate; the hearing impaired faced quite a lot of trouble trying to navigate the source of the sound. It is because the old technology does not process sounds coming from the rear and the sides. Fortunately, with the creation of DNN, the life of the hearing impaired has become quite convenient.