It’s a common belief that hearing aids are “just for old people”, but that's simply not true.
Hearing loss affects more than 36 million Americans of all ages—including a surprising number of young people. It can be caused by a variety of factors, including genetics, noise exposure (like working around loud machinery), age-related changes in the inner ear, head injury, and even certain medications.
Unfortunately, despite the wide range of people with hearing loss, the word hearing aid still brings to mind images of elderly people with huge devices sticking out of their ears that whistle a lot.
In today’s reality, that couldn’t be further from the truth. This week we’ll be talking about some of the coolest new features of hearing aids today.
Connects Directly to your Phone
Like most electronic devices today, Bluetooth technology has allowed cellphones to connect to just about anything and control them. Now, this includes hearing aids. Hearing aids like the Vibe Air can connect to your phone to adjust things like volume and sound quality through an app. This means that users can make certain changes without the need to visit their audiologist.
Others can connect to your phone and stream phone calls or any other audio from your phone like music, podcasts, and the like, allowing you to enjoy your favorite activities like before.
Filters Out Background Noise
In noisy environments, it can be difficult to focus on the sounds you want to hear.
Modern hearing aids have different microphones placed on them or use other technologies to identify where the sounds are coming from and isolate them. For example, hearing aids can focus on the person speaking to you and decrease the background noise behind you, so you can more easily communicate.
Some hearing aids have special features to help filter out more wind noise, so it’s easier to hear and understand in a windy environment or can sense when you’re moving and react accordingly.
Superior Sound Quality
As hearing aid technology advances, so do the chips and processing within the devices. Newer hearing aids typically have better, clearer sound quality than older hearing aids. They are even able to be much smaller as a result of these new chips so you can get clear sound quality in a nearly invisible, in-the-ear hearing aid.
No matter how impressive hearing aids have gotten it’s still a bad idea to go swimming with them.
However, most new hearing aids have higher water resistance ratings than in the past. This means that they are able to withstand a small amount of moisture such as rain or sweat without risk for damage.
Extended listening range
Another benefit to the more advanced technology inside of hearing aids has meant that the speakers are similarly cutting-edge. Some hearing aids are designed to ensure you hear all the sounds in your environment, even the really high-pitched ones.
This helps make sure you won’t miss any speech or other high-pitched sounds in your environment like birds chirping.
Elimination of Whistling
The first thing that comes to mind if you’re imagining hearing aids in your grandparent’s ears, you probably remember the annoying whistling sounds. Hearing aids now have great technology to reduce the whistling or squeaking noises to make the experience more enjoyable for you and others around you.
Longer Battery Life
One of the common complaints about older hearing aids is how often one had to change the batteries. With better batteries, hearing aids can now last many times longer than they used to on a single battery or charge. (Vibe air devices last up to 70 hours per pair of new batteries)
Hearing aids today come in so many different styles and sizes that they’re almost unrecognizable to the hearing aids of yesteryear.
Hearing aid creators like Vibe are constantly thinking of ways to break down the barriers to hearing care and make it easier for you to hear the sounds you love and connect with the people you care about.
To learn more about Vibe Air Hearing Aids, check out more information here.