People of all ages can suffer from mild to moderate hearing loss, but many of them try to work around the problem rather than confronting it head-on. To some people, the idea of wearing a hearing aid is embarrassing and a sign of weakness. However, today’s new hearing aids offer features and technology similar to the smartest smart phones on the market and are definitely worth a listen!
What Can a New Hearing Aid Do for You?
Hands-free and Bluetooth technology are all the rage in smartphones. Consumers have demanded more user-friendly features, and cell phone designers have responded. But they are not the only ones to harness the power of wireless technology. Hearing aid manufacturers now offer Bluetooth systems for many of the devices we use every day, including:
- Cell phones. Newer hearing aids can be paired directly with your Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone to provide hands-free usage. You will be able to hear the person you are talking to through your hearing aid without having to hold the phone to your ear.
- Television. Hearing aids can also be paired with the speaker system on your Bluetooth-compatible television to bring sound directly to you.
- Music. Instead of wearing headphones or earbuds to listen to the music on your phone, you can listen directly through your hearing aid, eliminating the hassle of wires and plugs.
These new technologies do more than just increase the volume for people with hearing loss. Users can adjust sounds so that they are clear, not just loud. This gives you a sense of control over your environment, which is important as you adjust to life with hearing loss.
Who Are High-Tech Hearing Aids For?
Anyone with hearing loss can benefit from the latest and greatest features on new hearing aids. For younger users, this technology should be particularly appealing, as it is so similar to the bells and whistles offered by smart phones. While you may be putting off getting a hearing aid, a hearing aid equipped with wireless technology could be just the ticket to convince you to give it a try.
High-tech features are a tougher sell, however, to people who are intimidated by technology. Whether you are currently wearing a hearing aid or are being fitted for your first device, if you struggle to work a DVR or iPhone, you may be less likely to take on the task of learning how to work a high-tech hearing aid. Using wireless features on a hearing aid is not difficult, and it is important that you receive support from a hearing care professional as well as from family members while you learn to make the most of your new device.
Other features that will make life easier for users of these devices include:
- Mobile apps for cell phones or tablets to control volume and other settings.
- Remote controls with easy-to-see buttons for those who struggle with smart phones.
- Small, clip-on microphones that pair with the hearing aid, so the wearer can hear the person he or she is talking to more clearly, even in noisy environments.
- A microphone worn around the neck that pairs with the hearing aid and cell phone to allow for completely hands-free phone conversations.
- The “Roger” pen, a microphone that looks like a pen and can be placed next to the person you want to hear without requiring them to clip something on. This is particularly useful when conversing in groups, as in a meeting.
Hearing Aids Can Reconnect You to the World
It is not uncommon for people with hearing loss to withdraw from the world around them. Tired of missing out on conversations and asking people to repeat themselves, hearing loss sufferers often think it’s easier to stay away from crowds and social situations. People suffering from hearing loss who are in the workplace report feelings of isolation as well. They may find it difficult to participate in meetings or follow presentations and their work may begin to suffer. While hearing aids have always been useful tools for making up for hearing loss, today’s high-tech hearing aids do an even better job of keeping you connected to your world.
Come in and See What We Have to Offer
Visit one of our hearing healthcare centers in Arizona, Texas, or New Mexico and find out how technology can work for you. Our hearing care professionals can help you find a hearing aid that meets your specific needs and includes the features that fit into your life. Don’t hesitate—call us at 888-280-7114.