Noise Reduction By The Widex Speech Enhancer

Trying to focus on what people are saying in a crowded room or a noisy environment like a stadium can be very difficult even if you have normal hearing. For those with a hearing loss it becomes nearly impossible.
Thanks to Widex and their new speech enhancer there is a hearing aid that can help eliminate a great deal of background noise. Through their noise reduction technology unwanted noise if filtered out making it easier for you to focus on what you want to hear.
According to Widex here’s how it works:
How does noise reduction make it easier for me to hear?

“The definition of noise is simple – it’s all the stuff you don’t want to hear. It’s the roar of city traffic, the chatter of other diners at the restaurant, and the noisy sound of the plane’s engine as you sit on the runway.

While being able to Identify noise is fairly easy reducing it is more difficult. How is it possible to get rid of the noise you don’t want to hear while focusing on the important stuff – like your friend’s voice or the announcement from the cockpit?

Most modern hearing aids have some sort of noise reduction system that is designed to dampen background noise. These systems vary by manufacturer – many simply dampen low frequencies to reduce the noise. Unfortunately this tactic can dampen speech along with the background noise.

We found a way around this problem with the Widex Speech Enhancer system.”

How does a Speech Enhancer work?

The Speech Enhancer doesn’t just simply reduce the level of noise around you it also targets and amplifies speech giving you clearer sound.

When we listen to a sound, we are rarely in doubt as to whether it is speech or noise. Because of the unique algorithms in the Speech Enhancer modern hearing aids are able to distinguish the difference between the two in much the same way as our brains do. This algorithm determines speech by recognizing the fact that speech consists of a number of varying sound components that follow each other at brief intervals.

How can a Speech Enhancer help me?

The Speech Enhancer helps you focus on speech making it so you don’t have to strain to hear what someone across from you is saying at a crowded restaurant or a party. By taking your level of hearing loss into account, our Board Certified Hearing Specialist will custom program your hearing aid to match your level of speech understanding in every listening environment.

With reduced noise levels, you will probably find it more comfortable to be in a noisy environment for a long period of time. Not only will you be less stressed from trying to hear what’s being said but you will be able to be more involved as well. With better speech recognition, you’ll feel more engaged in the situation and having the ability to understand and enjoy what others have to say without straining to hear through unwanted noise.

At Schmidt’s Optical and Hearing™ we carry Widex brand hearing aids equipped with the Speech Enhancer technology. Call us today at 772-286-4327 and schedule your FREE comprehensive hearing screening with out Board Certified Hearing Aid Specialist.

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