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Noise is a reality of modern life. From busy restaurants to sport stadiums to the subway, noise is all around and may become overwhelming sometimes. The problem becomes worse for people with hearing aids, which can make it nearly impossible to pick out wanted sounds from the surrounding noise. Thanks to digital noise reduction, however, many hearing aid wearers are able to block out unwanted noise and concentrate on the things they are most interested in hearing.

Hearing aids that utilize digital noise reduction technology are able to pick up on the unique differences between speech and noise. In quiet environments, picking up the sounds of speech is easy because they are the primary sounds in the room. Likewise, if you are listening to someone in a crowded room, your device understands that there noise present. If the device picks up on noise that may impact your ability to hear someone speaking, it automatically turns down the volume in the noisier channels.

While no hearing aid can completely eliminate unwanted noise, it can go a long way in reducing the frustration brought about by trying to communicate in loud environments. People who use this feature tend to find that background noise becomes less overpowering while speech patterns become easier to hear and understand.

Users are most pleased with their results when the device is used to counteract a constant background noise. Steady, unchanging sounds such as a car engine or an air conditioner are effectively blocked, but more dynamic noises such as loud music or conversation cannot be overcome as effectively.

Users may wish to consider utilizing other noise reduction strategies in conjunction with their digital noise reduction capable hearing aid. In restaurants it is usually possible to request a table in a quieter area or away from music speakers.

Digital noise reduction technology is not perfect, but it can go a long way in helping to counteract the unwanted noise you encounter in your day to day life.