Digital vs. Analog Hearing Aids: What's the Difference? Hearing Aids, Digital, Analog.
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Digital vs. Analog Hearing Aids Both analog and digital hearing aids amplify sound. Analog has a three-step process. Sound is gathered to the microphone then it’s turned up to an amplifier and then delivered to your ear through a receiver or speaker. Digital has the same process except there is a fourth step. Sound is gathered. It’s amplified in its process then delivered to your ear through a speaker. The processing part that’s the important difference, that’s, where sound is actually manipulated by tiny computer inside the hearing aid. We can manipulate this sound. We can either increase the volume. We can decrease the volume. We can do noise reduction where we can take out certain noises in the background. We can actually get in and fine tune each individual frequency just like an equalizer on the stereo. The hearing aid can also be reprogrammed for a different loss. If over the your hearing loss would happen to get a little worse and even if it’s only in just a certain area I always tell to my clients not stepping stone with digital hearing aids. We can retouch it, go back in and change the way that hearing aid performs in your ear. Analog in the short term does save your money. They are cheaper hearing aids because that’s what they are. They’re just cheaper. They make everything loud and if it’s too loud turn it down make everything softer. In the long run digital is nice because it’s almost like having 100 hearing aids in one as long as you keep them clean and take good care of them. It should last you a good long time. I hope this answers any questions you have about the differences between digital and the analog hearing aids.