New technologies are continually improving the quality of sound hearing aids deliver, along with ease of use and wearability.
If you’re already using hearing aids, you already know exactly how much they can improve your quality of life. It might be time for an upgrade, though—check out what the latest technology in hearing aids can do for you.
More Natural Sound
With each technological improvement, hearing devices grow closer and closer to replicating the nuances of natural sound.
Today’s hearing aids offer the most natural sound yet, and they achieve it using a variety of technologies. Adaptive, directional microphones, which communicate to each other through wireless technology, can help improve overall performance especially in complex listening environments. Wireless technology also improves coordination between multiple devices, providing better sound quality and performance.
The world today is based on being connected wherever you go—all you have to do is look at a smartphone commercial to verify that. And as other people seek ways to become even more connected to their environments, hearing aid users are one step ahead with the latest technology in hearing aids.
Why? Many devices are already incorporating wireless connectivity, which allows you to tap into devices you use everyday. New hearing aids can connect to your TV, your radio, your smartphone, and your computer to create an immersive sound experience perfectly customized to your hearing. It sounds futuristic—but it’s happening today.
Ease of Use
The latest technology in hearing aids makes them easier than ever to use. The click of a button adjusts your devices, selects different sound profiles to match your environment, and connects you to different devices. Your hearing aids might even automatically adjust to different environments—reducing volume or turning off noise cancellation features when you move indoors from outside or from noisy to quiet situations.
Many models also come with customizable apps, increasing personalization. The apps make it easy to adjust your hearing aids, to check out new features, and even to connect to the world around you.
One concern users might experience with hearing aids comes down to appearance and how comfortable they are. While there are many advancements in improving hearing aids’ internal workings, what’s been happening on the outside?
There have been as many improvements and changes to style, case design, cosmetics and durability as there have been to internal processing.. Today’s hearing aids are the most comfortable and durable yet. Customized fittings tailor them to your ear, making wear more comfortable and discreet than ever before.
Many people perceive hearing aids as devices that simply “turn up the volume.” But most hearing aids are far more sophisticated. Take, for example, their noise cancellation features. New advances are evolving to assist users in noisy environments, such as a windy outdoor event. With advanced noise cancellation, users don’t need to crank the volume—they better filter out extraneous noise like wind or even background noise in a restaurant.
Other features, such as speech recognition, are also being improved. Speech recognition helps users differentiate between different speech sounds, making conversation easier to follow.
Hearing Your Best
The latest technology in hearing aids is pushing hearing forward every day. With newer devices, you can do so much more—and hear so much better—than ever before.
If you already use a hearing aid, you might be due for an upgrade to ensure you’re hearing your best. In many cases, more advanced technology is either similarly priced or even less than technology purchased 5-10 years ago, so you can take advantage of huge improvements without the higher cost often associated with technology improvements overtime. If you think you might need a hearing aid, there’s no better time to talk to a doctoral-level audiologist about how a hearing aid can help you hear your best and stay independent.