Hearing aids: a review of what's new

Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2006 Jun;134(6):1043-50. doi: 10.1016/j.otohns.2006.03.010.


Objective: To review the recent innovations in hearing aid technology.

Study design: Review of the literature.

Setting: Private tertiary referral otology/neurotology practice.

Results: Recent innovations including digital signal processing (DSP), directional microphone technology, and open mold hearing aid fitting have resulted in improved satisfaction with current hearing aids.

Conclusion: Current hearing aid technology with its innovations better meet needs of individuals who are hard of hearing.

Significance: The image commonly held of hearing aids by the general public is a negative one that can be improved with greater education.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cochlear Implants / trends
  • Equipment Design
  • Hearing Aids* / trends
  • Hearing Loss, Sensorineural / rehabilitation*
  • Humans
  • Ossicular Prosthesis / trends
  • Signal Processing, Computer-Assisted*