Today’s hearing aids can enhance your life in many ways, including improving your work performance, safety and ability to converse at Moriarty’s with ease. With the state-of-the-art technology currently on the market, your hearing aids may be able to do more than you ever thought possible.
Making trips to the drugstore to pick up new hearing aid batteries is a thing of the past. Rather than swapping out batteries every few days, many newer hearing aid models offer rechargeability. These devices are stored in the charger overnight and provide a full day’s worth of hearing when you wake up.
Many of today’s hearing aids are compatible with smartphone apps. These apps allow wearers to adjust settings, monitor battery levels and even contact their provider right from their phone. Some apps offer additional features like routing phone audio to the hearing aid and converting speech to text.
It’s also common for modern hearing aids to offer Bluetooth compatibility. This wireless feature allows you to connect your hearing aids to your smartphone, tablet, TV, doorbell or anything else that can connect to Bluetooth. This means your hearing aids can essentially act as a wireless headset while eliminating feedback from the microphone and other interference.
Custom Frequency Response
All hearing aids are built to process sound, meaning they section sounds into digitized bands that are then amplified. But higher-end devices can take this a step further in terms of which sounds are banded and amplified. For example, they can be programmed for a person with high-frequency hearing loss to only amplify the sounds within the affected frequency range, a feature known as “frequency response.” Lower-tier models don’t offer this level of customization.
Some hearing aids incorporate tinnitus masking features. With these devices, an audiologist can program them to deliver sounds to your ears that mask the pesky ringing sound associated with tinnitus. This combined with the hearing aids amplifying other sounds in the environment provides significant relief for many.
For more information about today’s hearing technology or to schedule an appointment with an expert audiologist, call Pinnacle ENT Associates today.