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There was a time when the latest in hearing aid design was an ear trumpet! Unfortunately, many people still view hearing aids as uncomfortable devices. This belief is evident in the research by the National Institutes of Health which states that only one in five people who require a hearing aid wear one.  However, the times are changing, and technology is taking hearing aid design to new levels in features and ease of use. Manufacturers are designing sleek, sturdy, hassle-free, and connectivity-enabled hearing aids that are much easier to use than those of the past.

Getting Smaller

Advances in microcomputers and miniaturization techniques are making Invisible-In-the-Canal (IIC) a reality. These technological wonders benefit those who are self-conscious about their hearing aids. They work with the mild to moderately severe hearing loss, use advanced noise reduction, and eliminate feedback and whistling.

No Wires

Wireless technology is taking hearing aids to a new level. Advances such as Bluetooth enable hearing aids to provide those with hearing problems advantages that have only recently become available. This technology is present in Receiver-In-Canal (RIC), and Behind-The-Ear (BTE) style hearing aids. Wireless technology for hearing aids enhances phone communication, sounds better, and enables secure connectivity.

More High-Tech And More Ease Of Use

Digital technology is transforming hearing aids. Although the hearing aids are becoming increasingly more complex, they are also more comfortable to use. The high-tech features, algorithms, bells, and whistles can make the thought of using a hearing aid overwhelming. However, these features make using a hearing aid easier to use than ever before. Here are some essentials to remember when you visit with a hearing healthcare professional:

  • It is not essential for you to comprehend the details of how your hearing aid works. The advanced hearing aids available today merely require you to put them on.
  • Think about your family, friends, and the places you enjoy being. Knowing this will help you with your hearing evaluation with a hearing healthcare professional.
  • Are there activities you wish you were still doing? If so, this knowledge will ensure your hearing aid fitting addresses a range of situations.
  • Examine your list of people that are important and situations that you enjoy. You will find that advanced technology may be sophisticated, but it will help you in more cases than just the essential functions.

Making Sense Of It All

The technology is complicated and intimidating. However, these features are definitely to your benefit. Remember when you attend a hearing evaluation to know what you want from a hearing aid and what and who you want to hear. This information will aid hearing healthcare professionals with valuable information during your hearing aid fitting. Also, here is a few features to look for in a high-tech hearing aid:

  • Multichannel
  • Digital noise reduction
  • Digital feedback reduction
  • Multiprogram
  • Directional microphones
  • Alerts or warnings

Hearing health is vital to us all. If you are experiencing a hearing loss, please do not hesitate to schedule a hearing evaluation today. Do not let long words and mysterious technology deter you from treating your hearing loss.

 

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