CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · Semin Hear 2021; 42(03): 248-259
DOI: 10.1055/s-0041-1735133
Review Article

Wind Noise Management in Hearing Aids

Petri Korhonen
1  Office of Research in Clinical Amplification (ORCA-US), WS Audiology, Lisle, Illinois
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Abstract

Many hearing aid users are negatively impacted by wind noise when spending time outdoors. Turbulent airflow around hearing aid microphones caused by the obstruction of wind can result in noise that is not only perceived as annoying but may also mask desirable sounds in the listening environment, such as speech. To mitigate the adverse effects of wind noise, hearing aid developers have introduced several technological solutions to reduce the amount of wind noise at the hearing aid output. Some solutions are based on mechanical modifications; more recently, sophisticated signal processing algorithms have also been introduced. By offering solutions to the wind noise problem, these signal processing algorithms can promote more optimal use of hearing aids during outdoor activities. This article reviews how wind noise is generated in hearing aids, outlines the technological challenges in wind noise management, and summarizes the technological solutions that have been proposed and/or implemented in modern hearing aids.



Publication History

Publication Date:
24 September 2021 (online)

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