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336 10TH AVENUE NE, HICKORY, NC 28601

Audiology Viewmont Audiology Dr. Gordon L. Fletcher, Au.D. 336 10th Avenue ne • hickory nc Dr. Gordon L. Fletcher, Au.D. 828-322-4327 Q: I have some hearing loss, but I still hear fairly well. My problem is that I can’t hear well when there is background noise. Don’t all hearing aids amplify background noise? Wouldn’t they just make the problem worse? A: It’s true that most hearing aids make all sounds louder and that’s not enough to help you hear better in every situation, especially in background noise. What you need to help you hear in the presence of background noise is an instrument that can separate the speech you want to hear from the background noise you don’t. There are proven technologies that help tremendously with this. These instruments use two or more microphones which can make them directional. One microphone picks up sound in front of you while the other picks up sound from beside and behind you. Since the sounds are collected separately, a tiny computer inside the instrument is able to analyze them individually. The result is that sounds from the front can be enhanced while sounds from the side and rear can be diminished. This type of instrument should not make the problem worse. Instead you should realize improved understanding of speech, much more so than without hearing aids.