For all types of technology, there are many qualified and dedicated people working around the clock to improve the designs and software of the devices of yesterday. The world of healthcare is no exception to these advancements, which are always in the best interests of patients. Naturally, this includes the intricacies of hearing aid technology as well. From hardware (the physical device itself) to software (the programming that makes it work), the healthcare industry has seen immense progress in hearing aid technology over the last decade, let alone since their first commercial use back in the early 1900’s.
While it is the job of a competent hearing care provider to be in the know about the latest types of hearing aids and hearing aids accessories, this information is still accessible and understandable to those who benefit from the devices as well. As you can imagine, those small devices that go into your ears to help you hear have a lot that go into them, and staying up to date on what the newest advancements are is one of the best ways to make sure your hearing experience is perfectly suited for you.
There are two main types of hearing aids that have seen great technological advancements in similar and unique ways. The most common type is the behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aid. These can come with an earmold (for higher levels of hearing impairment), built so that the receiver is in the ear itself, or even as miniature designs to create more subtlety when worn.
Newer behind-the-ear aids now come in a variety of looks and styles, ranging from common skin-toned shades, to sleek and stylish black and steel-colored bodies. In-the-ear aids are smaller and all-around less noticeable than behind-the-ear aids. Many people who are brand new to hearing aids may not be familiar with these types of discreet models due to them not fitting the somewhat stereotypical image of hearing aids, but thanks to advancements in the field, they are just as common as BTE aids, and are selected depending on the type of hearing loss being treated. If you are in need of new hearing aids, remember to ask to see the various models available to you.
When it comes to the extra features of modern hearing aids, one of the most impressive is surely the option to have full integration of Bluetooth technology into just about any type of hearing aid. Bluetooth technology allows one to wirelessly stream audio from any Bluetooth-enabled device to a speaker within range, and in 2017, we can finally add hearing aids to that list of speakers.
Wearers of hearing aids can now enjoy the privacy of listening to music, watching a movie, or taking a phone call from their smartphone or tablet directly into their hearing aids with a few simple button taps. The integration of Bluetooth technology is an add-on feature for hearing aids which can increase price considerably, so be sure to shop around extensively to get the best pricing.