When it comes to technology, it seems there's always something new on the market designed to make your life better and easier.
If you consider yourself technologically savvy and you've been putting off upgrading your hearing aid technology, you'll want to reconsider where your money goes.
1. Wireless Connectivity
Perhaps the biggest trend in hearing technology in recent years has to be the incorporation of wireless technologies. While most people typically think of "wireless" as the domain of gadgets like the iPhone or Bluetooth speakers, the same technology has been put to great use in today's hearing aids.
How? The same technology connecting your phone to your car and allowing the devices to "talk" to each other allows your hearing aids to talk to each other—this includes your phone, your TV, and any number of other devices you use on a daily basis. You can even connect to auditory loops in theaters and other public spaces especially if traveling abroad.
It's easy to see why this is a good thing: Your devices connect instantly, allowing your hearing aids to do things like automatically adjust to different sound profiles and connect directly to the source of the sound—such as your radio or TV—allowing you to experience crystal-clear direct and personal audio.
2. App Integration
If you're using an iPhone, you know all about apps (who can forget the slogan: "there's an app for that"). Today, it's truer than ever as you can find an app for just about anything you need.
And that includes your hearing aids! Many of today's advanced models come with custom apps designed to allow you better control over the functioning of your devices. Since hearing technology has improved, it's also become a bit more complicated to program your devices--there are so many ways an audiologist can help individualize the devices. Apps allow you to create hearing profiles to expedite adjustments to new soundscapes.
It seems like everything is customizable these days, and what's more individual than your hearing? Since everyone's hearing and hearing loss is different, it only makes sense for hearing technology to trend toward customization.
Coupled with more settings and better control through apps, you can create optimal performance for your devices through customizable settings. Do you want your device to perform differently in a quiet setting versus how it performs in the? Not a problem.
Customization extends to the fit of your hearing aids too; improving materials and methods allow newer hearing aids to be custom fit to your individual ears.
4. Noise Cancellation
Hearing technology is also adjusting to the new type of person wearing hearing aids. Maybe you're active and fit; maybe you love the outdoors. Or maybe you're a social person who attends lots of dinners and performances, or you simply enjoy dining with good company. There’s no reason for hearing aids to impede your social life.
No matter what you like to do, advanced hearing aids today are designed to keep up. Noise cancellation is probably the biggest technological advancement in this area—and it keeps getting better. Noise cancellation can help control the wind or background noise like startling impulse noise or the hum of a busy restaurant, allowing you to focus on what's important.
5. Advanced Microphones
Multiple microphones in hearing aids aren’t exactly new to the hearing technology scene; the idea of having more than one microphone in a device has been around for a while. Nonetheless, the technology isn't going anywhere anytime soon. What’s more, this technology is only getting better.
Most microphones are now digital, multi-directional, and adaptive as well, improving overall performance and sound processing.
Schedule an appointment with Associated Audiologists today to find out how our doctoral-level audiologists can help recommend the best hearing aid solution for your needs.