Modern Hearing Aids Feature Enhanced Technology
The combination of medical accessories and electronics are generating a new era of hearing aids.
The more recent models - utilizing tiny digital elements, smartphone apps, rechargeable batteries, and Bluetooth® technology - can allow the wearer to hear people’s voices louder, decrease background noises, stream music, have a phone call, keep track of one’s physical activity and social interactions, and can even turn on your coffeepot - as long as it also has a Bluetooth® connection.
There is a significant impact on your hearing health: Hearing loss that goes untreated is linked to a higher risk of depression, dementia and falls.
Bluetooth® technology is the most widely used form of wireless connectivity. It allows you to do more than just hear better with your hearing aids.
This technology can be used to connect with any Bluetooth® enabled smartphones, remote microphones, computers, TVs, car stereos, tablets, and stream the sounds directly into your ears.
Those who have hearing loss are not simply trying to hear louder, but also more clearly. Having a very good signal with your wireless connection is very important.
Prior to Bluetooth® being available in hearing aids, users needed another piece of equipment known as a “streamer”. This device would translate the Bluetooth® signal from the other device to an FM signal or electromagnetic field that can be understood by the hearing aid.
Apple® introduced a version of Bluetooth® that could be used with iPhones, while Phonak introduced a Bluetooth® version in November of 2018 that could be used with Android phones and any other Bluetooth®-enabled device without using a streamer.
These new technologies makes it easier for you to understand others when you’re in a noisy space. Bluetooth®-enabled devices can stream only the voices they want to hear directly into their ears. You can ask people to speak into your smartphone in order to hear them more clearly.
Phonak’s Marvel hearing aids use Bluetooth® to answer phone calls from their smartphone with just a tap of their hearing aid. It also allows the wearer to have a hands-free conversation. Apps can be installed and used to control sound and connect to hear the audio on your other devices.
Keeping Track of Your Health
Hearing aids are typically worn during most of your day, which means they are a useful tool to track your health.
Starkey’s Livio AI can monitor your fitness information. When you wear the devices in each ear, they can sense whether you have fallen or even if one of your hearing aids fell out of your ear canal. If you fall, the Livio AI, which connects with your smartphone, will deliver a message with the map of your location to a caregiver. In the near future, Starkey will offer a device that will keep track of your blood pressure and your gait to notice any changes that could reveal the risk of falls.
Currently, those who wear the Livio AI can use an app on their smartphone to monitor your exercise and movements each day, which is then shown in a wellness score. The app essentially encourages users to keep their minds and bodies active, which might decrease the risk of falls, dementia and cardiovascular disease, which are all linked to loss of hearing.
Don't Wait Any Longer to Get Hearing Aids
As of today, Americans who have hearing loss usually wait seven years until they get help for their hearing loss. This is a problem because the longer you wait the worse your hearing health will get, and there is no way to regain any loss of hearing.
If you, or a loved one have any range of hearing loss, do not wait any longer. Please contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids to schedule a free hearing test and consultation for the options we have available for you.