By Tim Steele, Ph.D., FAAA, President, Associated Audiologists
Digital technology and the microchip have made it possible to pack more power and features into hearing aids than ever before. But what are the features you should look for if you’re in the market for hearing aids in the new year?
1. Automatic Programs
The latest hearing aids can automatically detect and shift between programs that help you hear conversations or music better, for example. This can improve your listening experience since you no longer have to guess which program is going to best suit your current circumstances.
2. Digital Adaptive Directional Microphones
Newer digital hearing aids include two microphones, helping detect which direction a sound is coming from. Noises from sources behind you can then be controlled, which helps you hear speech better. Advanced hearing aids are actually equipped with adaptive microphones that follow the source of the sound, allowing you to keep track of conversations even as someone else moves around the room.
3. Wind Noise Reduction
If you spend a lot of time outside, new hearing aid technologies have improved the ability to reduce wind noise, which improves your ability to hear in outdoor conditions or experience more comfortable listening.
4. Getting Connected
Chances are you have a smartphone or another device, such as a tablet or a computer. Bluetooth technology allows you to connect to any device you like, including your TV, your stereo, or your digital tablet.
Developers have also created apps that allow individuals with premium-level hearing aids to connect seamlessly with their smart phones. That means your hearing aid can interact with your phone to help you hear even better!
Technological advances are allowing hearing aid manufacturers to focus
more and more on comfort.
Increasing customization means your audiologist can fit your hearing aids to your unique anatomy, translating to maximum comfort.
Hearing aids are available to match your skin tone, or stand out from the crowd in bright colors. The options are practically endless, and in many cases, are almost invisible to others.
The Associated Audiologists team takes the time to learn about your hearing loss, lifestyle and listening needs. They have the expertise to recommend hearing aid technology matched to your individual needs and budget with customized options ranging from $750 – $3,450 and everything in between.
Start the year off hearing your best.
Call 1-855-547-8745 to schedule a hearing evaluation with one of our doctoral-level audiologists.