Conventional Hearing Aids
Hearing aids, which use conventional electronics, have been the mainstay of the hearing aid industry for 40 years. Conventional hearing aid electronics use basic analog technology to provide quality, amplification to patients with a wide range of hearing losses. These hearing aids have as their defining feature the characteristic of adding the same amount of amplification to all levels of sound intensity. Thus, low bass type sounds will be amplified with the same amount of volume as high treble sounds. For this reason, some patients may find that conventional electronic hearing aids provide either too little sound or to much sound to comfortably reach a listening level for the particular hearing loss. When this is the case, the patient should consider a prescription circuit instrument of the programmable or digital type. Priced at the lower end of the cost scale, conventional electronics represent the most basic type of amplification and are a good choice when finances are the major concern.