I would like some clarification on the current technology of hearing aids.
I am writing on behalf of my mother who is a not too confidant with the internet and forums. I would like to know what the current technology is in regards to noise cancellation in hearing aids. My mother suffers from a hearing condition which makes her very sensitive to background noise such as traffic and restaurant noise etc. She does not suffer from hearing loss per se, rather a hypersensitivity to background noise. She is currently wearing these noise cancelling headphones:
she says they are wonderful for shopping as they do a very good job of reducing the background noise. She also finds them very good for sitting in a café and talking to friends. As far as I can tell there is no amplification involved in these headphones, there is only noise reduction. Every hearing aid my mother has tried uses selective amplification to try to increase speech above the background which my mother finds very painful. So my question is are there hearing aids available which do the same job as the noise canceling headphones where there is ONLY noise cancellation and NO amplification of any kind? My mother obviously feels a little self conscious wearing big headphones while having coffee with friends and would love to have a hearing aid which could do the same thing. Thanks in advance for any suggestions.