We often get questions regarding the differences in digital vs analog hearing aids. While both are effective, they each have their positives and negatives. Overall, digital hearing aids which use digital signal processing (DSP) are now more widely sold, but analog hearing aids are still desired by some people. The key is to find the hearing aid type - whether analog or digital - that works best for your needs and lifestyle.
Analog hearing aids are those hearing aids that have been around for many years. Analog hearing aids work by amplifying the sound wave from the microphone and then bringing that sound to your ear through the speaker in the hearing aid. Digital hearing aids also amplify sound, but do so by taking the sound from the microphone and digitally transforming it, allowing for greater customization before bringing it through the hearing aid speaker. This allows for more flexibility in types of settings and adjustment for clarity.
Although digital hearing aids are more popular overall, there are some advantages to using analog hearing aids. Generally, because the technology is more basic, analog hearing aids tend to cost less. In addition, the sound that comes through in analog hearing aids may be preferable to some over digital hearing aids.
However, there are many advantages to using digital hearing aids. These include:
- more compact technology allows for small hearing aid size
- highly customizable to a patient's hearing needs
- allow for multiple settings so that the client can choose the best setting for a particular environment, whether noisy, quiet, etc.
- often more style choices including different colors and designs
If you're interested in learning more about digital hearing aids or trying one out, please get in touch and we'd be happy to assist. We can fit and customize a digital hearing aid to best fit your lifestyle.