Every hearing aid uses a microphone to detect sound. These sound signals are then amplified to levels that are comfortable to help wearers hear better. It is important to note that hearing aids do not re-establish normal hearing. Rather, they help the wearer with an increased ability to understand speech.
Hearing aid styles
Receiver in canal (RIC)
In the ear (ITE)
In the canal (ITC)
Completely in canal (CIC)
The latest hearing aid features
Direct Bluetooth streaming
Although Bluetooth technology has been leveraged for a while in hearing aids, it typically requires a separate streamer to operate. The latest models, however, now have the ability to connect directly to your phone, TV, music players, and a variety of other apps. Bluetooth hearing aids can now directly stream these signals to your hearing aids. There are made for iPhone devices and others that can connect to any smartphone.
Lithium-ion rechargeable hearing aids
Although rechargeable hearing aids been around for a while, the advent of lithium-ion technology has made it one of the other most exciting hearing aid developments in recent years.
There are a number of reasons why you may wish to purchase a hearing aid with a rechargeable battery option:
- Great for those with limited dexterity: If you have limited vision or dexterity you may find it challenging to regularly replace small disposable batteries. A rechargeable alternative would eliminate this potential problem.
- Convenience: Rechargeable batteries will give you a full day of power with overnight charging. Just like charging your phone, place it in the charger before you go to bed, and when you wake up in the morning you will have enough power to last the entire day.
- Less maintenance: For some models, the battery will last for up to four or five years
Apps for hearing aids
Most modern hearing aids now come with dedicated apps to make it possible to operate your devices without handling them. To change settings, you no longer need to reach your hearing aids to press a button, flip a switch, or turn a wheel. A few taps on a cell phone can be made discreetly. Others will not be able to tell you are adjusting your hearing aid settings.
Remote programming and adjustments
Several hearing models now offer remote programming. This allows us to check in with you, fine-tune your hearing aids, and track your progress without you even needing to come into the office!
Making the choice to have hearing aids is just one part of the journey towards improved hearing. The investment should be part of an overall therapy program with us, where we work with you to help your brain make sense of the new information that the devices are delivering.