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I Just Purchased New Hearing Aids Believe it or not, this is a common complaint for an individual who has recently purchased new hearing aids. In most cases, it is an easy fix. Digital hearing aids have some built-in features that make them far dominant than their analog predecessors. Two features in particular that really distinguish digital from analog are “compression” and “expansion”. To put it quite simply, compression is the hearing aid’s ability to make overly loud sounds more comfortable. Expansion is the hearing aid’s ability to enhance overly soft sounds to make them audible. Hearing aids do this without affecting the integrity of the signal, meaning after the hearing aid compresses or expands a signal, the signal will sound virtually the same, just softer or louder respectively. If the complaint is…”I can hear people five rows down better than I can hear the person next to me,” then the issue is likely due to too much expansion and too much compression. So the user interprets soft sounds louder than he/she should, and he/she hears loud sounds softer than he/she should.

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This usually is an easy fix for any hearing professional to do. Once the user finds a preferred ratio of expansion and compression, he/she will be ready to receive full benefit from his/her new hearing aids.

Website - Hearing Partners of South Florida, Inc Hearing Aids Delray Beach FL - (561) 638-6530 Hearing Aids Boynton Beach FL - (561) 404-0365


I Just Purchased New Hearing Aids