Q: Hi there. I have hearing loss in both ears that I have been in denial about for several years. I know I have to bite the bullet and go see an audiologist to start addressing this hearing loss. I’m a little self-conscious and don’t really want anyone to see that I’m wearing a hearing aid, but I want the best hearing. Could you please bring me up to date on the latest hearing instruments?
A: As other electronic technology systems have improved, it’s no surprise that hearing aid technology has changed over the past few years also. The changes are affecting the way we are able to hear, allowing the transformation of lives by making hearing and listening trouble-free.
Today’s state-of-the-art hearing aids are highly effective, sleek, and sophisticated wearable electronics that can help people stay actively connected to life and to those they love.
Many of today’s hearing aids allow users to hear from all directions, in all sorts of sound environments, and even under water. They are digital, wireless, and can connect directly to your smartphone or television. They can also be as discreet or visible as you like. Whether they sit discreetly inside the ear canal or fit behind the outer ear nearly invisible to others, today’s high-performance hearing aids amplify the sounds of life crisper than ever before.
Below are some little-known facts about today’s modern hearing aids:
They’re virtually invisible. Many of today’s hearing aids sit discreetly and comfortably inside your ear canal, providing both natural sound quality and easy use.
They adjust automatically to all kinds of environments. Whether you’re after the ability to hear comments at a meeting, conversation in a crowded restaurant, or the chirp of crickets on a late summer’s evening, recent technological advances have made hearing aids far more versatile than ever before—and in a broad range of sound environments.
There is a hearing aid for just about everyone. Today’s hearing aid options are amazingly varied. There are different styles for the self-conscious individual, the trendsetter, the partygoer, the intellectual, the active sports enthusiast, the cautious grandmother, the romantic, the weekend warrior, and even the guy just tired of turning up the volume on the TV. There has been no better time than now to satisfy all these different desires.
Water, sweat, and dust are no problem while wearing them. Waterproof, digital hearing aids have arrived. This new feature is built into some newly designed hearing aids for those concerned about water, humidity, and dust. This feature suits people who work in demanding environments as well as those with active lifestyles—such as swimmers, skiers, and sports enthusiasts.
We all love smartphones, computers, and other electronic gadgets. Wireless, digital hearing aids are now fit more than any other hearing aid technology. That means seamless connectivity—from smartphones, MP3 players, computers, FM systems, televisions, and other Bluetooth devices—directly into your hearing aid(s) at volumes just right for you.
Hearing aids are always charged and ready. A new rechargeable feature on some new hearing aids allows you to recharge your hearing aids every night so they’re ready in the morning. There’s no more fumbling with small batteries. Just place the hearing aids into the charger at night, and in the morning they’re ready to go.
So, you can see there is no reason to hold off any longer. We are able to provide a solution to any concern.
Randa Mansour-Shousher, AuD, CCC-A, is a Doctor of Audiology with Northwest Ohio Hearing Clinic, located at 1125 Hospital Dr., Suite 50 in Toledo (419-383-4012) and 1601 Brigham Dr., Suite 160 in Perrysburg (419-873-4327). ❦