Communication Aids (formally hearing aids)
Historically hearing aids were designed to increase the volume of incoming sound to improve the audibility of sound to allow better hearing. The problem was that traditional hearing aids amplified all sound equally not allowing improved audibility (clarity) in any situation except for very quiet rooms. Hearing aids have evolved through analog to programmable to digital to multifunctional digital with wireless capability. All in an effort to improve audibility in an ever widening array of listening environments. Modern hearing aids are actually small computers that function to maximize audibility in a wide variety of listening environments. With the new capabilities they deserve a new name, hence communication aids. Communication aids are designed for people of all ages that want to communicate better rather than just hear louder.