New Tech for the New Year
2020 is here, along a thousand jokes about 20-20 eyesight. Everyone understands those jokes, because the difference between good and poor eyesight is so stark. But that’s not the case with hearing. Hearing loss happens so gradually, it can be very hard to notice until it becomes a significant problem. That’s probably one of the biggest reasons why we, as a society, don’t pay as much attention to hearing health as to other aspects of well-being.
If you’ve never had a hearing exam beyond a quick check during an annual physical, why not make 2020 the year you start taking hearing health seriously? With a simple conversation and some easy, painless tests, we can determine if you have hearing loss and how significant it is. If we determine that you’ve been slowly compensating for a problematic hearing loss, we can introduce you to a new world of hearing technology that has been developed in recent years:
Hearing aids that adjust themselves
Manually changing hearing aid settings when you go from one listening environment to another isn’t easy; a lot of hearing aid aren’t made for on-the-go adjustments. Among the tech available today are hearing aids that can read the specifics of an environment and automatically change their settings for the best performance. The number of possible settings is incredible, providing crystal clear hearing in a wide variety of surroundings.
Hearing aids that use Bluetooth
People stream all sorts of sound these days, from music to TV shows to movies. The same tech that makes that possible is now being used to improve the experience of using hearing aids. You can pair a hearing aid to a TV or smartphone the same way you can pair wireless headphones. Bluetooth also allows some hearing aids to talk to each other, balancing the sound going into each ear, for a clear, even hearing experience.
Hearing aids that work with sound-gathering devices
This is a Bluetooth capability but it’s so important it deserves its own section. Bluetooth-enabled hearing aids can also be sued with devices that pick up sound from one location and stream it directly to your hearing aid in another location. One particular device can sit, unobtrusively on a table, using multi-directional microphones to always the current speaker in a conversation is coming though clearly, wherever he or she is sitting
Hearing aids you can recharge
For many years, batteries were a big headache for hearing aid users. You could never tell when they were going to give out, so spares had to be carried and people had to step away from conversations in order to change them out. Today’s rechargeable hearing aids can provide up to an entire day of hearing on a single charge, allowing users to wear them in confidence, without worrying about them shutting down at an inconvenient time.
Everything mentioned above is just a glimpse into a category of technology. We’d love to show you everything we have available and let you try it out if you need it. It all starts with an appointment to have your hearing tested. Pleas, make 2020 the year you start showing the same concern for your ears and you do your eyes.