By some estimates, up to three-quarters of the hearing instruments being purchased today are of the “behind the ear” (BTE) style, which is valued for its comfort, discretion, and high battery life. However, these types of hearing instruments are exposed to wind that creates noise in the wearer’s ear. The good news is that technology makes it possible to suppress these sounds, thereby making BTE hearing instruments more enjoyable to wear outdoors. This “wind noise reduction” is made possible by the development of smaller and more efficient computer chips, which carry algorithms that identify and cancel out or suppress the sound of wind. With this technology, hearing instrument users can even comfortably ride bicycles.
P.S. Those suffering from hearing loss find that their brains have to make more of an effort to sort through the noise in order to hear what they want to hear. Wind noise reduction helps relieve this burden.