Emerging Technology in Hearing Aids

Emerging Hearing Aid Technologies
Do you think of hearing aids as the new cool thing? Do you wish you had new hearing aids like you wish you had a new stylish spring handbag or a new set of golf clubs? No? There are some amazing features in new hearing aid technology. Hearing aids are about to be the most wanted technology for anyone with hearing loss. Current innovations bring a wealth of features to hearing aids. These surpass helping you hear better. They even help you create an easier, fuller lifestyle.

Free yourself with Bluetooth

Wireless connectivity is in our daily lives. You don’t even think about it. What if you could use all those wireless applications though your hearing aids? With the newest technology, it will surprise you at how much that tiny earpiece can do for you.
Think of all the smart devices you have in your home. Appliances, lighting, doorbells, security systems. These can all send a signal to your hearing aids. Better yet is the entertainment application. You can stream music, television, movies, and more into your hearing aids.
One example is the StreamLine Mic from Signia. This allows you to stream phone calls and music using Bluetooth on your smartphone. You may also use it as a remote microphone. Apple developed wireless technology that connects certain hearing aids to its iOS platform. This is the system that operates its iPhone, iPad and iPod devices. Your hearing aids become AirPods! Google is also developing hearing aid compatibility for Android devices.

Benefits of Bluetooth technology include:

  • Hands-free! Bluetooth lets hearing aids to connect to many mobile devices. These include phones, car systems, and other devices that use Bluetooth wireless technology.
  • Bluetooth is the industry standard and not unique to any hearing aid or manufacturer. This means that it has uniformity no matter your brand. It works across all devices.
  • A personalized listening experience. Set the audio signal to stream to one or both hearing aids. You can amplify the signal and fit to match the hearing aids’ personalized settings. A practical example: you want to use your hearing aids to listen to music. You can set one hearing aid to stream music and leave the other open to listen to the sounds around you.
  • Bluetooth improves the signal to noise ratio. This cuts out feedback. The signal bypasses the microphone and enters the hearing aid’s processor.
  • Bluetooth is secure and does not experience the interference that an FM system does.
  • You can pair many devices. This means you can switch between devices without disconnecting. For example, you can listen to a movie and pause it to take a phone call through your hearing aid.
  • Remote control capability for your hearing aids is available. This is very useful if your hearing aids are too small to allow for external controls. You can change the volume or program from the streamer.

Find your voice

Many hearing aid users think their own voice is loud and unnatural while wearing them. Signia’s Own Voice Processing (OVPTM) technology provides the solution. It allows you to hear your natural sounding voice while allowing the hearing of all other sounds. OVPTM lets you enjoy the most natural listening experience.
Signia’s new hearing aids have speech quality. This allows you to hear speech in any situation. Advanced noise suppression technologies make it easier to understand conversations. Whether in the quiet of your living room or the noisy chatter of a busy restaurant, this feature can help you.

Think small – no, smaller

Whether worn inside or behind the ear, hearing aids keep getting smaller. There are now models so small they are hard to detect. Signia’s Silk Nx is one of the smallest hearing aids available and does not need a custom fitting. At 20 percent smaller than its predecessor, it is almost invisible.
Many of these new tiny marvels come in a variety of sizes to avoid the need for impressions or molds of your ears. You can choose a pre-set size with the most comfortable fit.
And smaller size doesn’t mean that you give up any of the other latest hearing aid technology features. You can still change settings via an app or accessory remote. This helps you experience better speech quality and even use over-the-ear headphones.

Enjoy an active lifestyle

Running, hiking, skiing, golfing, boating, fishing, outdoor concerts…the list is endless. Wind noise reduction makes a huge difference for those that enjoy the outdoors. This technology detects the wind blowing across the hearing aid microphones. It then blocks or lowers its amplification. If you happen to live in a windy environment, wind noise reduction tech may be a necessity.

Synchronize – the right ear finally knows what the left is doing

Older hearing aids worked apart from each other. This resulted in a snowball fight of different sounds coming into each ear at the same time. With syncing hearing aids, the hearing aids work together. They do this using a wireless signal to create an experience like your natural hearing. Also, if you adjust one hearing aid, the other side adjusts. The more natural your hearing, the easier it is to forget you’re even wearing hearing aids.

Recharge and relax

No more batteries! Rechargeable hearing aids like Signia’s Pure Charge&Go Nx are available. No more need for those annoying batteries. You pop the hearing aids in a charging pod each night to start charging. Wake up and you’re ready to go. Some chargers dry your hearing aids as well.
The hearing aids use a lithium-ion cell that allows for a full day of wear (16 hours, on average). One type even lasts up to 30 hours, even while streaming. There are also silver-zinc rechargeable hearing aids.
This option offers great ease of use. You no longer have to replace batteries every few days. You also won’t have to worry that your batteries will run out without replacements. You don’t have to worry about small packaging, the small battery compartment, or a small battery. As a bonus, rechargeable hearing aids are also a green option. You won’t be throwing away hundreds of disposable batteries over the years.

Do your biometrics

Biometrics sounds like a kind of aerobic exercise. It’s actually the analysis of your physical or behavioral characteristics. Hearing aids now have biometric sensors. These track your health data, such as heart rate, energy spent, and many other options. If you have heart disease or diabetes, your hearing aids will help track these conditions. All this while helping you to hear better. This information helps your audiologist and doctors provide better, more individualized care.

All about those apps

There is a dizzying array of apps available for both iPhone and Android platforms. Here are some app features:
  • Hearing test app to test your hearing
  • See the status of your hearing aids on your smartphones screen
  • Stream sound from audio sources
  • Change hearing aid settings and personalize your hearing aids
  • Listening exercises
  • Connect to a hearing care professional
  • Tinnitus management
  • Decibel sensors
  • Control of your television

Keep checking with your audiologist

Hearing aid tech advances are becoming more mainstream. As these advancements continues, costs of high-tech hearing aids will go down. Talk with your hearing care team about what is available and fits your lifestyle. Keep checking for the newest hearing aid technologies. The features you only dreamed about may be right around the corner. Better yet, they may be available today.