Jefferson University Hospitals

Special Features of Hearing Aids

Hearing aid technology has advanced enough to offer many options to hearing aid users. By understanding your daily communication problems and the typical environments you find yourself in, your Jefferson audiologist can recommend an appropriate level of technology and optional features.  These special features can help to optimize hearing in your most adverse listening situations.

Here are the special features available to you:

  • Directional microphones are special microphone arrays that may be helpful to individuals that have difficulty hearing speech in noise. Directional microphones work by reducing background noise and may allow the user to communicate in the presence of noise.
  • Telecoil (T-coil) or auto-phone features are special hearing aid programs that work to deliver a clearer signal to the hearing aid user when using landline telephones. A T-coil may also be used to listen through some assistive listening devices (ALDs), whether at home or in public areas.
  • Volume controls are manually manipulated by the user to increase or decrease the level of amplification from the hearing aids as needed.
  • Environmental programs/memories are available in some hearing aid models. These programs/memories can be tailored specifically for use in a variety of listening environments. For example, if you frequently find yourself in a noisy situation, your audiologist may create a program designed for use in that particular environment. Some hearing aids will require the user to manually press a button to access multiple programs, but others can make some adjustments automatically.
  • Bluetooth compatibility is a feature that some newer models of hearing aids are offering. This feature is applicable to electronic devices that are compatible with Bluetooth technology. Mobile phones, televisions or personal audio devices can be paired with hearing aids to provide the user with an improved and more convenient listening experience.