Noise is a fact of contemporary life. From packed stadiums to restaurants to the train station, noise is everywhere and can become overpowering at times. The problem becomes worse for people with hearing aids, which can make it nearly impossible to pick out wanted sounds from the surrounding noise. Fortunately, many newer hearing devices are incorporating a digital noise reduction feature, a type of technology that helps block out unwanted sounds so you can focus on the things you want to hear.

Hearing aids that utilize digital noise reduction technology are able to pick up on the unique differences between speech and noise. This is easy to do when speaking to someone in a quiet room as the speech signals are the only sound around. Likewise, if you are listening to someone in a crowded room, your device understands that there noise present. The hearing aid makes the necessary adjustments on its own using built-in software and reduces the volume associated with the noisy channels.

While no hearing aid can completely eliminate unwanted noise, it can go a long way in reducing the frustration brought about by trying to communicate in loud environments. Compared to hearing aids that don’t have noise reduction technology embedded, user report better speech sounds and improved comprehension.

Digital noise reduction technology works best when the background noise it is combating is fairly constant. This means that steady sounds such as an air conditioner or engine running are more effectively blocked than dynamic music or a nearby conversation.

To make the most out of the digital noise reduction feature in your hearing aid, you might want to consider taking some common sense steps to reduce the noise around you. In restaurants it is usually possible to request a table in a quieter area or away from music speakers.

While no hearing aid technology can give you perfect hearing, digital noise reduction can take much of the annoyance out of dealing with noisy situations.