Advancements in Hearing Technology
Over 50 million Americans currently suffer from hearing loss, tinnitus and other ear-related health issues, making it one of the most significant issues facing modern society. With this in mind, it should come as no surprise to learn that scientists, developers and other professionals continue to make huge strides regarding hearing aid and hearing technology.
Many advancements have been made and, while speaking to an audiologist will give you the best chance to learn more about them, it’s always worth keeping up to date with a little research of your own. Here’s all you need to know.
New advancements in hearing aid technology
As a hearing aids user (or someone that suspects that you have hearing loss), the technology surrounding the latest hearing aids will be the most interesting aspect by far. Developers are constantly making adjustments and upgrades to the aesthetic designs of their favorite models, with tubing, casing and speakers made to look less visible.
Meanwhile, the machines used to take impressions of the ear have improved, which allows audiologists and hearing aid manufacturers to work closely together throughout the process of designing customized ear molds.
Perhaps most tellingly, though, technological advancements have been made in regards to added features. Features can enhance your listening experience and help you seamlessly incorporate your devices into your day-to-day life. From connecting to other compatible technologies to multiple channel memories, hearing aids equipped with the right features can help you get the most out of your devices.
Rechargeable hearing devices
Replacing the batteries every few days can be very annoying. Not only is it fiddly and expensive, but it’s also likely to impact the performance of the hearing aids as a lack of power will result in faults until the new ones are added. Rechargeable devices make life a lot easier and the technology is becoming more accessible than ever thanks to Phonak and co.
Rechargeable hearing aids can cover behind-the-ear, in-the-ear and receiver-in-canal devices.
Bluetooth hearing aids
We live in an era that is dominated by technology and being able to hear the sounds of your TV, radio or cell phone can make a world of difference. With Bluetooth technology, it is possible to send wireless signals straight to the device and into your ear for far greater clarity. The days of having to put the TV up to its maximum volume can be a thing of the past.
Enjoying technology with friends and family has never been easier.
Traditional hearing aids listen to one speaker and ignore all others. With advanced models, though, switching from one channel to another becomes a very simple task. Instead of enjoying a limited sense of restored hearing, this gives you a far more natural feeling. It allows you to reduce unwanted noise too or even focus on providing musical noise to suppress tinnitus.
Own voice processing
While hearing the other sounds with greater clarity is hugely beneficial, hearing an amplified version of your own voice can be difficult to deal with. OVPs process your voice in a different manner to other sounds, which can enable you to follow conversations with far greater ease for an even better hearing experience.
Even if you love the sound of your own voice, this feature is a blessing.
New advancements in testing
The developers of hearing test equipment including sound booths, sound machines, otoscopes and imaging technology continue to make improvements. Ultimately, this helps the audiologist make a more accurate diagnosis in a quicker time, which will allow you to gain the best treatment right away.
In addition to the improved machinery, the general understanding of hearing loss, tinnitus and general hearing health has improved. When audiologists are prepared to further enhance their knowledge on the subject, they can provide patients with a greater service than ever before. This increased knowledge base extends to treatment types that can be used in conjunction with hearing aids.
Technology even improves the process of booking and managing appointments thanks to automated cell phone updates. In truth, though, the most significant improvements are those that relate directly to the examinations and the hearing aids themselves.
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Whether you’re a new hearing aids user, think that you may benefit from them or just want to upgrade your devices to embrace the new technology doesn’t matter. Hearing Solutions are here to help you hear.
Give our office a call today at (972) 572-5582 to speak to one our friendly, skilled and highly-experienced audiologist. Your hearing is in safe hands.