Hearing aid manufacturers have jumped at the chance to be amongst those wanting to help during this difficult time of the Covis-19 pandemic. Due to this we have all been forced to wear face masks to be able to protect ourselves and help reduce the risk of spreading the Covid-19 virus.
But this hasn’t come along as an easy solution. The wearing of facemasks (PPE) has highlighted the fact that the masks have certainly deadened or dampened the sound of voices.
Recent studies carried out in numerous European and USA universities have shown that the wearing of facemasks has deteriorated the speech on average 12dB. (Although this amount may not seem very significant, for a person who has a hearing deficiency this is quite detrimental, and could make all the difference in being able to hear the conversation or not.
Many people with hearing deficiency often lipread. This is an activity that now, while we are all wearing facemasks, has been completely impossible. Yet another factor that has made hearing and understanding during this pandemic more difficult.
So it is on this premis that our hearing aids now making use of new insights into the technological innovation, thereby enhancing performance and increasing speech intelligibility.
We introduce the MASK MODE. With the tap of a button on the app, which is connected to the hearing aids via the Bluetooth mode of the hearing aids. The user can now easily and quickly alternate between the normal setting of his/her hearing aids, and change to the MASK MODE. (This will change the behaviour of the hearing aids, to give more clarity and volume in it’s output) thus enabling the hearing aid use to be able to hear much more distinctly during the times when he /she is communication with people who due to the circumstances have to wear facemasks.
The MASK MODE compensates for unintelligible and muffled speech, using a technology which tackles specific parameters of the hearing aid’s settings that are crucial for optimal speech understanding. These include gain to enhance the spectrum most relevant to speech intelligibility, effectively compensating for the adverse acoustic effects of the face mask. It also includes adjusting noise reduction as well as microphone beamforming to the ideal settings for speech signals. In combination, these automatic adjustments offer the best possible sound impression to help the hearing aid wearer understand what is being said.
For more information on this groundbreaking technology do not hesitate to call SONTEC HEARING CENTRES, on 952667402 or visit our website www.sontec.es