Best Hearing Aids For Musicians Intro

Among the countless blessing humans are bestowed upon, one is hearing i.e. an intricate system that is primarily designed to refer and attend to the auditory inputs present within the environment. The auditory system simultaneously conducts the sound waves, register and send the impulse to the cortical regions where it is interpreted and appreciated. This ability is attributed to an advanced development of human brain as compared to other primates.

Besides a general increase in size, an extension of temporal lobe in its dorsal areas that refer to auditory reception and speech symbols is of significance. The linguistic competence, diversity, intonation, rhythm and beats etc. are some abilities that result from this developed auditory cortex. Appreciation of different notes, rise and fall of the pitch, rhythm, timbre, melody and the choice of words etc. open a new horizon for the listener that results in soothing experience, balance and at times increased focus on the task itself.

However, at times a number of variables may intervene and jeopardize the sensitive balance within, leading to some varied consequences that result in a disadvantaged hearing experience. Among adults the leading causes may include aging and exposure to a noisy environment e.g. industrial workers and musicians etc. During the more recent times music has acquired the status of a broader “language”. With its own classification and repertoire it is considered “revealing” as compared to other linguistic morphological symbols which are thought to have limited semantic applications and use. Creativity, fine arts and other such facilities are linked to the right hemisphere and so is appreciation of music.

This category of exceptional individuals have an increased sense of belongingness to music are at times called melomaniacs or melophiles. Individuals who possess love for music and pursue it as a career are under continuous threat of loud sound exposure that may have a serious impact upon their hearing. Luckily, technology has provided solutions ever since the advancement in hearing sciences.

The evolution witnessed in the forms of analogue and digital hearing aids has yet far reaching horizons ahead. While on one hand the hearing aids provides the required amplification needed by the user, the more recent aids now offer a more calibrated, person specific and need based amplification. In cosmetic essence the technology has been groomed to the match the taste by providing flexibility in terms of size, color, longevity and user-friendliness. This article in particular focuses on the best hearing aids that suits to the needs of musicians, who will benefit from the unique offerings of the more recent developments in hearing technologies. 

With an increase in age and exposure to loud sounds, the Organ of Corti in the inner ear and especially the ones responsible for high frequencies are damaged. As a result, musicians tend to report reduced richness within the music itself, thus causing a disadvantage to them. Musicians, genres of all sorts are vulnerable to noise induced hearing loss as they spend time at their noisy work environment, may it be in an open or controlled.

No exception can be made to people who listen to music for leisure and recreation and thus are at equal threat, resulting in a cumulative effect on the hearing cells within cochlea. Till late the hearing aid technologies could not offer a satisfactory solution to it, however in the more recent times specialized hearing aids for the people in musical industry have evolved. 

Primarily, hearing aids were designed by keeping the mere communication needs in focus, however now a more holistic approach is in practice. People from all walks of life have their unique needs when it comes to amplification devices and the same has been catered for in hearing aid industry. While talking about the best hearing aids for musicians, efforts have been made to equip them with specific musical modes thus allowing nuances of high and low notes which were considered “noise” in the previous generations.

Besides the primary role of amplification, the hearing aids now days have been tailored to make amplifications to match the needs of the individual and thus providing him with a purposeful auditory experience. These advanced hearing aids offer added number of frequencies, varieties and sound experiences that were peak clipped in the earlier traditional hearing aids. Since music, may it be live or recorded, has its own linked fidelities, a hearing aid of this sort can only provide a satisfying experience to the listener.

This satisfaction is assured by equipping suitable setting in the hearing aids that warrants its applicability and use. Reduction in sound distortion, wider range of frequencies, specialized programming to suit the demand of the instruments, reduced delays and customizations are some hallmarks of the hearing aids considered for “musicians” of all genre. Following are some top best hearing aids for musicians in the market. However, a consultation with the audiologist can help you make an informed decision to suit to your abilities. 

Best Hearing Aids for Musicians

1. Widex Moment: 

An updated and reliable BTE hearing aid in present day. Sound feature include, wind noise reduction, speech enhancements and dedicated 15 adjustment bands for the audiologist to adjust suit to your needs. Where most hearing aids are confronted with distortions around 100 dB SPL, Widex claim to provide a sound quality even at 113 dB SPL.

A unique performance indicator is an advanced feature at higher maximum input level that allows musicians to benefit from it. The aids have been reported to offer excellent sound quality, reduced delays with an additional tinnitus features. Widex moment 440 is the top technology level available in this line of this brand and comes with blue tooth and rechargeable batteries. 

2. Oticon Real (BTE):

Known to manage a more open soundscape without compromising clarity of speech. Reduction in listening effort to 22 percent by lowering the back ground noises, wind and handling stabilizer. Reducing the listening effort help detect other significant notes by optimizing working memory and focus. Oticon Real comes with a unique option to allow remote support from the audiologists.

3. Resound Omnia:

best hearing aids for musicians

Resound Omnia has a much groomed solution to address background noise. The newer generation of Resound Omnia offers 150 percent improvement in noise reduction to its previous models. Equipped with rechargeable and disposable batteries, the hearing aid also offers a blue tooth streaming through android and apple appliances. Resound Omnia 9 is the top brand in the Resound family that offers active lifestyles, including travel, work and other social setups. 

Best Hearing Aids For Musicians (Conclusion)

Hearing aids for musician are rated in terms of a wider dynamic range and the input limit of the microphone. Noise reduction, speech enhancement, band width, proprietary fitting, a dedicated music mode that can be linked with other devices and the ability to produce a clearer high quality stereo sound are some quality indicators while selecting a hearing aid for music purposes.

Besides, the battery type, water resistance, telecoil, directional microphone and processing channels are basic correlates of a better buy and longevity. An informed decision on your part will enable you spend wisely and ensure maximum benefit in securing you from the damaging auditory inputs around while offering no compromise to your musical endeavors. 

If the hearing aids mentioned above are over your budget you can also opt out for over the counter hearing aids like the Sony E10 hearing aids are a great choice for music streaming.

Resources:

https://www.soundly.com/blog/best-hearing-aids-music
https://hearinginsider.com/3-best-hearing-aids-for-musicians
https://www.hearingchoices.com.au/report/which-are-the-best-hearing-aids-for-listening-to-music/
https://nanohearingaids.com/blogs/news/hearing-aids-for-musicians
https://www.widexpro.com/en-ca/blog/global/hearing-aids-and-music/
https://www.hearingtracker.com/ask/what-are-the-best-hearing-aids-for-musicians.

Munawar Malik
Assistant Professor of Hearing & Speech | + posts

Munawar Is an Assistant Professor in one of the leading university in Pakistan. He holds a career of 31 years in the field of hearing, speech, language and special needs education as a clinician, consultant and a mentor. He has to his credit a series of articles and write ups in leading journals. More recently he has been on board with hearing people and contributing through his unique way of written expression.

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