In a society full of physical and digital connections, the world is rapidly shrinking. Homeowners can control their homes from across town. Children are carrying phones that not only allow parents to speak to them, but also see them or find them if necessary.
Therefore, it should come as no surprise to those suffering from hearing loss that digital technology has led to hearing aids that are smarter than they’ve ever been before.
Keep it connected…
Smartphone technology is rapidly connecting us to our homes. From lighting systems to entryway locks, we are able to control appliances and household items from our phones. In most cases, these tasks can be carried out from anywhere your phone has access to the internet.
In the same way, hearing aids are now connecting to internet services, and therefore, connecting patients’ devices their homes. Hearing aid wearers can now connect to their home or office’s smart thermostat and lighting systems. With the use of available smartphone apps, your lights can be set to turn themselves on when you arrive home and then off again when you leave.
One device allows you to be notified through your hearing aid if your doorbell rings or your home’s alarm is tripped. You can also discreetly control your hearing aids, take phone calls, or listen to music through your hearing device in the same way your would if you were wearing standard headphones. These apps will even help you find your lost hearing aids.
Keep it comfortable…
Luckily, the days of bulky and uncomfortable hearing aids are long-forgotten and they have steadily gotten smaller and more comfortable. These days, hearing aids can switch to your preferred listening profiles based on your GPS location.
They are providing the highest quality and most comfortable volume for any situation and they can be voice controlled. One model has been proven to work with the brain which is helping people hear better, understand speech better in noisy environments, and remember more of what they have heard.
Additionally, tinnitus sufferers may benefit from SoundSupport when they choose to wirelessly stream alternative relief options directly to their hearing aids. These relief options can be discreetly controlled and adjusted until they give you the relief you need.
Keep it charged…
Hearing aid batteries are notorious for being easily lost and losing battery power with little to no warning to the wearer. That can be a potentially dangerous problem, especially if the wearer is in a public or unknown area without the ability to communicate effectively or hear life-saving sounds such as car horns.
These days, available smartphone apps make it possible to set up email and text notifications that your batteries are running low. Depending on your situation, you can choose to receive these notifications yourself or have them sent to a caregiver.
Overnight charging ports mean you may never have to open your battery door again, though disposable batteries can be used in emergencies. These options are providing hearing aid patients with enough reliable power for all-day wear.
The possible connections to people, events, and entertainment are being realized by those suffering from hearing loss in ways most would have never imagined. Now, everyone has the chance to gather and rock out to some of our generation’s best entertainers regardless of their hearing difficulties.
For example, August 22, will highlight a new step into the future when audio engineers will capture and deliver the final show of the rock band Styx U.S. The broadcast will be delivered live and direct to wearers of Oticon Opn hearing aids.