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Hearing Aids for Musicians

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Hearing aids were designed with the primary function to understand speech, and due to this, some older hearing devices are not ideal for listening to music. This is because music generally produces lower frequencies than speech. For musicians, it can be a problem, but fortunately, as technology advances, hearing aids improve in their capacity to handle music. It’s also possible to adjust hearing aid technology to improve its compatibility with music, for example, by adjusting to create noise-reduction systems or low-frequency ranges. 

Which hearing aid device is right for you?

As a musician, it’s important to find a device that meets your needs in creating and experiencing music. It’s a good idea to choose a hearing aid that is capable of direct streaming and Bluetooth connectivity. Streaming can help to minimize any distortion and provide you with a quality sound experience. Often, certain speakers and headphones are not ideally compatible with hearing aids. Luckily, plenty of new and modern hearing aids can be connected wirelessly to your smartphone. Connecting like this allows your hearing aids to act as headphones while you stream whichever music that you wish. There are a few different types of hearing aids out there to consider. Your audiologist will be able to talk to you about your needs, to distinguish which type is best for you.

In-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids

ITE are one of the smallest options when it comes to a hearing aid. For those who prefer a discreet hearing aid, ITE are certainly this. ITE hearing aids generally rely on twin microphones, which allows them to offer amazing sound quality. These styles are also customized for the wearer, so you’ll be sure to get something that feels comfortable. ITE hearing aids are also convenient because you don’t need to take out your hearing aid to make use of headsets or telephones. For those with more severe hearing loss, Your audiologist can provide an ITE as part of a shell that fills the whole concha of your ear. For musicians looking for hearing aids that go unnoticed, these can be an excellent option. 

In-the-canal (ITC) hearing aids

One specific type of ITE is the in-the-canal style, which is placed in the bowl of the outer ear. There are also the invisible-in-canal (IIC) style or completely in canal (CIC), both of which are nearly invisible. ITC hearing aids are created to fit inside the lower part of your external ear. Such hearing aids often have telecoil or wireless options. These hearing aids have a solid surface area, which means they are unlikely to come loose. The dual-microphones allow the wearer to better understand speech, even in cases of lots of background noise. Such hearing aids can offer a smooth sound because the sound has less of a distance to travel from the speaker to the mic. Again, musicians can benefit from a discrete device with great sound quality. 

Behind the ear (BTE)

BTE hearing aids rest on the back of the outer ear. These are generally one of the most powerful types of hearing aid. A small plastic tube and an ear hook transmit sound into the earpiece. This tube is placed in your outer ear canal, and it also helps to fix the device in place. One of the great benefits to BTE hearing aids is that their larger batteries are made for a longer battery life. While these hearing aids are not as discreet as ITE, modern styles are increasingly delicate and small. Some people feel that these hearing aids offer a more natural sound. 

Further strategies to help 

There are a few things other things that you can do to improve the quality of sound when listening to music. One thing is to increase the gain on the hearing aid and lower the volume on the input. Doing so may allow the wearer to be able to hear the music more clearly. As well as this, there are plenty of apps out there which will allow you to connect to your smartphone and use features like Facetime or other sound and video streaming platforms. You can connect wirelessly with use of your hearing aid and access an improved sound experience. Our audiologists can discuss your hearing needs as a musician, along with the array of devices and technologies that are currently available. We have much experience in treating hearing loss and can offer further advice on hearing health concerns in general. If you would like to learn more about Independence Hearing call our office at 772-210-1800.