Hearing aid development is music to our ears

Post on 13th December 2016

Music is a joy to so many whether listening to it or performing, but the feeling can be tempered for those with hearing loss.

So congratulations to the developer of the new Muse hearing aid that can process speech and music separately. It promises an improved experience for hearing aid users who want music to sound better and not dull, tinny or distorted.

The innovation has certainly impressed 23-year-old alternative rock musician James Holt, a singer/songwriter who has worn hearing aids since he was a child. He was one of the first in the UK to be fitted with Muse hearing aids and has found a significant improvement in the speed and frequency of sounds he was able to pick up, not only with music but also in speech.

The ability to better hear and interact with his music means he can do more in the studio or at a gig. James can use the hearing aid to achieve the exact loudness and sound quality preferences he wants to create his music.

He can hear soft music and then he can adjust the hearing aid settings – from normal to music – to enjoy both on-demand and automatic sound control. The additional bandwidth of his hearing aids allows him to hear higher frequencies, which benefits his work as he can now hear the higher tones and nuances within the music.

Muse hearing aids are the first to process music differently from speech. Music signals have different acoustic features from those of speech, different dynamics and different spectral characteristics, enabling music to sound like music again.

You don’t have to be a musician to benefit from these new hearing aids; they are for people who want to appreciate the joy of hearing music that sounds rich and full.

To find out more, please contact your local Scrivens branch.