Hearing aid accessories are being deemed as essential pieces of technology in the age of COVID-19, with the practice of social distancing and wearing face masks.
Usually, wireless accessories for hearing aids have been viewed as an additional device that users need in order to enhance their ability to hear in busy settings. Prior to the introduction of Bluetooth® streaming services, accessories were used to stream phone calls and TV shows.
Right now, most hearing aid accessories appear to be outdated or unnecessary because their functions can be covered by digital, wireless hearing aids. This can be true for many accessories, but not so much for accessories that help users hear over a long distance or too much background noise.
During the pandemic, communication has become more challenging for everyone - especially those with hearing loss. It’s important to reconsider how hearing aid accessories, like wireless technology, can be used to help with speech comprehension.
The Availability of Wireless Hearing Accessories
Hearing aid users have voiced their concerns about the difficulties faced when it comes to background noise plus social distancing. Phonak’s Roger technology can be a solution to these problems. Roger technology has the ability to conquer the challenges of these environments. Roger is easy to use and connects directly with your hearing aids using RogerDirect and Phonak’s Marvel hearing aids. Many people are not using Roger.
Historically, most wireless hearing aid accessories, like Roger, were perceived as an add-on or even non-essential for a hearing aid fitting. Normally, the use of Roger is only taken into consideration when a patient expresses concern over their frustration and difficulty in hearing sounds at a far distance. Even with this technology, a person may still struggle with hearing and require additional devices to help them.
Our current situation in the time of COVID-19 makes it more challenging for people to live with hearing loss while maintaining social distancing, dealing with face masks and telemedicine.
Using Roger Technology during COVID-19 and Social Distancing Practices
Whether you can hear well or are hard of hearing, COVID-19 has altered the way we communicate with one another. Those with hearing loss are now at a huge disadvantage. Communication is more challenging.
Roger technology has improved communication for those with hearing loss by:
Roger technology allows users to stay safe while continuing to participate in the conversation. It’s not just a hearing aid accessory, but it provides convenience for users and those with whom they communicate. If you, or a loved one, would be interested in the Roger Select TM microphone, or hearing aids, please contact us at Pure Sound Hearing for more information or to schedule an appointment with one of our hearing instrument specialists.
Please be aware that Pure Sound services will only be available by appointment and for essential visits at this time. Essential visits include all appointments that require repairs, re-fittings and new hearing aid fittings. If you are having any problems with your hearing aids, or need supplies for your hearing aids, please call us before visiting one of our offices.