10 Things You Didn’t Know About Hearing Aids

Don’t know much about hearing aids? We can fix that. Just check out these 10 facts about hearing aids, which have come very far in regards to technological advancement over the past 200 years. This advancement, often spurred by the dedication of scientists who know someone close to them with a hearing problem, results in growth of the industry. Just take a look at Alexander Graham Bell, whose wife was deaf. In addition, his mother had a hearing impairment.

1. For optimal operation, hearing aids should be programmed before use by a professional. This makes the hearing aid unique to the individual, by saving comfort settings and reacting to stimuli in the environment.

2. Induction loops work alongside hearing aids to keep crowd noise to a minimum so the user can clearly hear announcements or someone at a meeting. You’ll often find this in conference rooms at businesses. These loops also eliminate background noise and frequency distortion that are notorious at airports, concert halls and stadiums.

3. Digital hearing aids help with feedback reduction, which eliminates echoes and background noises, prevalent in the last 20 years. Digital hearing aids can take away outside distractions that older versions simply couldn’t achieve.

4. Along with the amplification of sound, hearing aids can now address the ear ringing that is prevalent in people who have tinnitus, providing a special kind of tinnitus therapy.

5. The trend today is to be proud of the device and wear hearing aids in bright colors and patterns. Younger people in particular take this approach. Boring beige used to be the sole color in which hearing aids were available. That’s no longer the case, even though the neutral colored ones provide discretion and blend in better with the ear.

6. Were you aware that now water resistant and waterproof hearing aids allow you to spend time in humid environments or even go swimming? Water resistant devices will resist very high humidity levels, such as in tropical locations or within a steam room, while waterproof models won’t get wet when you go swimming or take a shower.

7.  Heavy and cumbersome, the earliest hearing aids were extremely large and posed challenge for the users. These devices did not even increase the sound all that well. Fast forward to today’s tiny versions of today which are so lightweight users hardly know they’re wearing them.

8. Technology has brought us state of the hearing aids and wireless devices that can be used in tandem with Bluetooth for a seamless connection. This gives users the ability to integrate their hearing aids with a smart phone, TV or MP3 player.

9. While sound amplification is a big component of any hearing aid worth its sale, the clarity of sound and filtering of background noises can be even more crucial. Thanks to modern hearing devices, the listening experience is much better for each individual.

10. Featuring rechargeable batteries, today’s models help you save money and hassle. Why? You don’t have to keep buying and installing new batteries each time they wear out.

The technology behind hearing aids is amazing, coming so far in the last 200 years. Knowing all these facts brings us closer to more growth in the industry.

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