Enjoying music

August 12, 2016 by Janic Lauriault
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Music is very important for young people. It influences many aspects of their lives, helps develop their identity, provides entertainment, and is a friend that’s always there for them. But what about for youth with hearing loss?

Listening to music has always been difficult for hearing aid wearers. Communication and speech comprehension are the priorities for hearing-impaired people and for amplification technology developers.

Music or speech?

Hearing aids interpret music and speech as two different signals. Music is a higher intensity signal than speech (Figure 1) and has a wider frequency range (Figure 2). The advanced sound processing functions of hearing aids can therefore interfere with music.

Hearing aids were designed to optimize speech intelligibility in quiet and noisy environments, improve speech audibility, reduce noise, focus on sounds from a specific direction, and eliminate whistling. This can affect music sound quality, as hearing aids may interpret many musical sounds as noises or whistling and try to reduce them.

A no-compromise solution

Hearing aids have been developed to manage speech in noisy environments and offer a musical experience that mirrors reality. Thanks to True-Input Technology, these devices can process a wider range of sounds with a higher processing limit than most other hearing aids (Figure 1).

A restricted limit might compromise the sound quality of any music exceeding the threshold. This interrupts the music, which creates distortion. True-Input products have a threshold of 113 dB SPL for music fans, and a wider frequency range for natural speech and music amplification (Figure 2). They also have a special mode to suppress whistling, and this function is not deactivated when listening to music.

These hearing aids are an ideal solution for the unique needs of music fans. They ensure speech intelligibility and offer natural sound quality including when listening to music—a very important feature for young people.

Consult an audioprosthetist to learn more.

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