Today we have hearing aids that are “smart!” They know a meeting sounds different from a party – even the difference between classical and pop music...and they can adjust accordingly. These smart hearing aids can keep up with the changing sounds in your life. But how is that possible?
When it comes to hearing aids, the old adage applies: “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” At Associated Audiologists, we are aware that many advertisers use misleading strategies marketed as deals. Here are some common claims to watch out for:
Hearing aid styles and technology can be confusing, even if you have been wearing hearing aids for years. Please keep in mind that our job as doctoral-level audiologists is to guide you through this selection process, so be sure to ask questions and take notes as you weigh your options. Hearing aids are an important investment in your health and well-being.
Technology Comes in Lots of Shapes and Styles
A common misconception is that a specific hearing aid technology can be purchased only in certain styles. The technology refers to the computer chip and signal processing that you are purchasing. The style refers to the type of shell that houses the technology. That means the smallest style isn’t necessarily the most expensive or the best.
According to the American Tinnitus Association, ringing in your ears, or tinnitus, is overwhelmingly connected to some level of hearing loss. Most people develop tinnitus as a symptom of hearing loss, caused either by age, long-term hearing damage, or acute trauma to the auditory system. According to the general scientific consensus, hearing loss keeps fewer sounds from reaching the brain. In response, the brain undergoes changes in how it processes different sound frequencies. Tinnitus is the product of these changes.
Did you know you can take your hearing to the next level using recent advancements in hearing aid technology and by adding assistive listening devices and accessories? Here are three recent innovations that can improve your performance with hearing aids, and enhance your listening experience.
Digital technology continues to advance, making microprocessors smaller and more powerful than ever, including those used in the latest hearing aids from Widex, called BEYOND.
Digital technology and the microchip have made it possible to pack more power and features into the latest hearing aids. But is more better for you?
There’s no argument that hearing aids can be a big budget item, but when compared to other consumer electronics, they are an important investment proven to impact job performance, quality of life and health. If you have hearing loss, they are something you should not live without. So let’s compare the expense of hearing aids to something most of us think we can’t do without, a smartphone.