Directional Microphone Update

I know I haven’t posted anything in a long time. It is recommended by website builders that blog posts should be regular, long, pretty, and blah, blah, blah. Anyway, I don’t have time for that, so I’m going to make quick ones about new important developments and stuff I think people should know.

Both Widex and Oticon have come out with new hearing aid cases that help in noise.

A little background: Most hearing aids have two microphones on them in order to amplify sound directionally. In simple real world terms, that means when you’re in a restaurant you can hear the person you’re facing better than the people behind you. In order for this work, the microphones have to be on a horizontal plane. On the left hand image, the mics are oriented up toward the sky. Now if your loved one likes to hang out on a pedestal, this is great, but otherwise not. The image on the right shows how the hearing aid case design changed so that it’s easier for the audiologist to get the mics on a horizontal plane.

Here’s the article I just got from Widex in case you like to geek out on these kinds of things: