Hearing technology goes back to the 17th century. In those days, a hearing trumpet was the latest and greatest craze. Even in the ’60s and the ’70s, hearing aids were bulky, and often uncomfortable devices that had more problems than features. Thankfully, hearing technology is advancing dramatically well beyond its humble beginnings. The new hearing aids are high-tech mini computers for your ear, and the latest products and technology keeps getting better. Here are some of the unique characteristics of modern hearing aids to look for in 2020.
The high-tech hearing aids available these days feature Bluetooth technology. This technology is welcome news for hearing aid wearers who prefer using their Bluetooth-enabled devices with their hearing aids. Several manufacturers carry both in-the-ear (ITE) and behind-the-ear (BTE) models with Bluetooth connectivity capabilities. The Bluetooth connection is wireless. However, the small in the ear devices also require a streamer for hands-free use.
Take a walk, and you are bound to spot someone staring at the screen of their smartphone. A smartphone is not a requirement for hearing aid use, but it makes adjusting settings and changing programs a simple process. For 2020, manufacturers are focusing their attention on the development of products that are compatible with smartphones. This compatibility gives users more control over the way they hear. Adjusting the volume, bass, and treble of a hearing aid through an app is a breeze, and it allows for discreet setting changes. The app performs as a remote control for the hearing aid.
The majority of brands now offer hearing aids that are in the ear (ITE), completely in the canal (CIC), or invisible in the canal (IIC). These models offer a significant amount of discretion, and when worn, are practically invisible. Although these new designs use cutting edge technology, they are not a one-size-fits-all arrangement. As such, there are factors worth considering before you receive a fitting with one of them. The particular shape and size of your ear canal, as well as the degree of your hearing loss, will factor into the decision. These new designs are small, so the technology inside of the devices may not be enough to treat severe or profound cases of hearing loss. However, behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aid models, which are capable of addressing all types of hearing loss, are getting smaller too.
Technology improvement is not limited to hearing aids. Hearing aid accessories are now available to enhance your experiences while talking on the phone, watching television, or communicating in complex environments. Accessories include remote mics, a spouse mic, and a television listening device.
Modern hearing aids are technological wonders that can help you enjoy life to the fullest. If you have an untreated hearing loss, schedule a hearing evaluation with a hearing healthcare professional today. These professionals can diagnose and treat your hearing problem and fit you with the most advanced hearing aids available.