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5 Hearing Aid Technology Advances That Will Surprise You

Posted by Associated Audiologists on Oct 5, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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Hearing aid technology advances have been numerous over the last few years. Devices continue to improve in the quest to help people hear their very best. Here are a few of the most surprising advances.

1. Noise Cancelation

Hearing aid technology advances are making hearing aids smarter. The evidence is clear when you look at noise cancelation technology. Hearing aid wearers have long had to contend with receiving audio information at the same volume no matter where it’s coming from. It wasn’t easy to sit in a noisy room and focus on one conversation.

Noise cancelation technology works to control “background noise” so you can better focus on what you really want to hear. In a crowded room, smart hearing aids with noise cancelation will help you zero in on the conversation you want to hear, and filter out other noises.

2. Wind Reduction

More people who use hearing aids are living active lives, which often includes being outside. The great outdoors has always presented something of a challenge for hearing aid users. A particular problem has been the issue of wind. Hearing aids often amplified the noise of the wind rushing by you, making it difficult to hear much else!

Hearing aid technology advances have actively worked to introduce wind reduction capabilities for some models. With this feature, those people who want to climb to the top of a mountain or walk along a breezy seashore can do so without worrying about the additional sound of wind through the microphones.

3. Moisture Resistance

Most hearing aids are now more water resistant. After all, they need to stand up to your own body’s perspiration and earwax.

Until recently, very few hearing aids were actually waterproof, meaning they could withstand being submerged in water. While it may not be a great idea to fully submerge a hearing aid, there are specific models that actually can withstand being submerged in water. In addition, there are now deep fitting, extended wear devices that can used even when showering. 

4. Bluetooth Connectivity

While Bluetooth technologies were developed primarily with computer electronics in mind, they’ve also been adopted into hearing aids. It makes sense. Hearing aids, after all, are a kind of communications device, and Bluetooth focuses on communication between devices.

Hearing aid technology advances have made it possible to include Bluetooth, so you can connect to your computer, your TV, or even your smartphone. You can stream the audio directly into your ear through your hearing aid.

It’s like having your own personal sound system with you at all times.

5. Customizable Apps

Along with Bluetooth connectivity, many hearing aid models also offer customizable apps. Since your device syncs with your phone, you can use the app to customize sound programs and functioning—all so you can hear your very best, in any situation.

The Hearing Aids of Tomorrow

Today’s hearing aids are better than ever before. As hearing aid technology advances continue, it will be exciting to see what the future has in store for helping you hear your very best.

If you need help navigating all the new advances in hearing aid technology, reach out to an audiologist for an individual consultation. To schedule an appointment with a doctoral-level audiologist, call 1-855-547-8745 or submit a request online.

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Topics: Hearing Technology

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