Hearing aid developers and manufacturers are constantly thinking of new ways to improve their devices. One of the key ways we are seeing this is in efforts to improve hearing aid wireless connectivity to stream directly to the personal devices we use the most.
Things like our cell phones, televisions, gaming systems, music players, and more are all examples of everyday devices that hearing aids today can already connect directly to. Research is always being done to improve these technologies to provide the most natural listening experience.
Hearing loss affects us all at some point. For most of us, it comes on gradually with age. For others, it occurs suddenly because of a traumatic incident or illness. Some of us are born deaf or with minimal hearing. Some of us have served in the military or police force and have a partial hearing loss and/or tinnitus because of it. Some of us work loud construction jobs with heavy machinery and deafening sounds day in and day out.
Prioritizing Hearing Health
It’s very easy for someone that has trouble hearing to feel isolated. Some people are nervous or embarrassed, thinking it will make them appear older or make others view them differently. A fraction of the amount of people that would benefit from hearing aids actually make the decision to do try them out. The time has come to toss pride to the side and reclaim your hearing, and more importantly, your life.
Every time someone visits an audiologist, takes a hearing test, or gets fitted for a hearing aid, they are actively deciding to find a solution and prevent further damage. They remember the feeling of being able to listen effortlessly and want it back.
The Dawn of Hearing Aid Wireless Connectivity
More and more hearing aids today have Bluetooth-like wireless connectivity. They are able to connect directly to your smartphone, tablet or other personal device if they are compatible or if you have the right assistive technology. This is a typically a feature available within modern, premium level hearing aids.
Streaming sound directly to your hearing aids can make things like phone calls and watching your favorite show feel and sound much more natural. Rather than straining to hear or turning the volume up to a level the neighbors can hear, you have options to choose from.
When you visit your audiologist or hearing instrument specialist, they are likely to ask you about the qualities or features that you would value in a hearing aid. A recommendation would be to ask about hearing aids with wireless connectivity.
“When you buy a hearing aid today you aren’t just buying something that makes you hear, you are buying a device that helps you connect to both the virtual world and the real world.” – Dr. Oliver Townend, Audiologist
The higher the quality of the hearing aid, the more adaptive it becomes to your daily life. You can even adjust your frequency settings based on your sound environment and the hearing aid will remember your frequently visited locations and automatically adjust.
It’s also important to remember that wireless streaming is also one of the biggest drainers of battery power. Make sure to stock up on hearing aid batteries or learn more about rechargeable hearing aid options.
Adaptive Hearing Aids
Hearing aids today can enhance your hearing in a number of different situations and are becoming more adaptive to your sound environment. Some offer the ability to filter out the sound of wind noise, others can filter frequencies to distinguish human speech and reduce background noise during conversations. New features like machine are making hearing aids more intuitive than ever. Hearing aids like the Widex Evoke are leading the way in creating hearing aids that learn your preferred sound setting in various locations and automatically adjusts itself to your desired settings.
Humans will continue along this ride through the digital age learning and developing new insights and technologies at an astounding pace. The world of wearable, hybrid hearing devices will continue to grow right along with it. Hearing aids have already made leaps and bounds in recent decades, and all signs point to even more innovation to come.
There is a rich and vibrant world of sound all around us every day. If you find that you are having difficulty hearing in everyday situations, be sure to schedule an appointment with your local audiologist.