Hearing Aids and Background Noise: Overcoming the Battle: you may want to focus only on what the person next to you is saying, without being subjected to distracting background noises such as traffic or people shouting or laughing loudly. Unfortunately, hearing aids don’t block these sounds. Normal hearing persons often have the same difficulties in background noise.
That fact was recently brought up in an article published on the website of the Better Hearing Institute by Patricia B. Kricos, PhD, Professor of Audiology and Director of the Center for Gerontological Studies at the University of Florida.
“Despite tremendous advances in hearing aid technology, even with the latest digital noise reduction circuitry, background noise continues to be a problem,” Dr. Kricos writes.