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  • Latest Hearing Aid Technology

    Did you know that approximately 20 percent of Americans experience hearing loss to some degree? That statistic increases to about 33 percent for those over age 65, but many children cope with hearing loss as well. According to the Hearing Loss Association of America, when it comes to physical conditions that affect Americans, hearing loss ranks third behind heart disease and arthritis. It can be caused by a variety of things, including aging, heredity, trauma, and disease. Luckily, people suffering from hearing loss can vastly improve their quality of life through the use of hearing aids. Explore the latest hearing aid technology below to learn more about the cutting-edge features included in many modern hearing aids.

    The Latest Hearing Aid Technology

    Bluetooth

    Many manufacturers are embracing Bluetooth (which sends sounds via an invisible electronic signal) to develop the latest hearing aid technology. Using Bluetooth’s wireless technology, you can transfer data between your hearing aid and other electronic devices with high-frequency radio waves. Your hearing aid may connect to a device directly or connect to a streamer that relays sound through FM signals. You can control the volume on the streamer or on your hearing aid, depending on the manufacturer’s design. Many styles of hearing aids work with Bluetooth accessories, including behind-the-ear (BTE), mini BTE, in-the-ear, and in-the-canal.

    Bluetooth hearing aids can improve your sound quality and act like a pair of wireless headphones. This makes it easy to enjoy simple, everyday activities like making a phone call, watching TV, or listening to music. Bluetooth can also prevent feedback and static noise interference.

    Oticon Opn

    Traditional hearing aid technology often isolates one speaker and suppresses all other sounds. Oticon Opn uses the latest hearing aid technology to let you hear multiple speakers, resembling the way that people naturally hear. The company creates state-of-the-art hearing aids that reduce noise around you to make it easier to identify words.

    Designs include inconspicuous devices that fit in your ear, behind it, or in your ear canal. Oticon hearing aids range in complexity to provide the level of hearing assistance that you need. For example, a top-of-the-line model features streaming directly to your iPhone, and it can connect to your other devices through the Internet. Other models let you configure a volume for group interactions or for quiet conversations. Basic models suit someone who is inactive and enjoys watching television, engaging in personal conversations, and relaxing in quiet settings.

    Phonak

    A global leader in the development of digital hearing aids, Phonak offers comfort, innovative technology, and wireless connectivity. Many of their hearing aids incorporate sound orientation, so that you can determine the origin of noise or speech, a problem that often confounds people with hearing loss. In addition, Phonak hearing aids suppress annoying and extraneous sounds while minimizing feedback. Advances in rechargeable technology let you avoid using disposable batteries, and a single charge may last as long as 24 hours. A unique feature of Phonak’s in-the-ear hearing aids relays sounds from one of your ears to the other, allowing you to hear simultaneously with both.

    Cell Phone Accessories

    To further improve your hearing aids’ function and convenience, look for devices that come with hearing aid compatible (HAC) cell phone accessories. By making your hearing aid compatible with your cell phone, you can easily adjust your hearing experience without fiddling with the actual device. For example, many cell phones can be used with telecoils (also known as t-switches or t-coils), which are telephone switch features currently used in about 45% of all hearing aids. Your hearing aid may also work with a neckloop, which is a wire worn like a necklace that generates a weak magnetic signal. If you find neckloops too conspicuous, you can use an earhook silhouette for a magnetic signal; it hooks over your ear and nestles behind it.

    Contact an Audiologist Today

    Have you been experiencing hearing loss? If you live near Limon, Pueblo, or Colorado Springs, Colorado, contact Apex Audiology. Dr. William F. Herholtz can conduct a simple hearing test, increase your understanding of your hearing loss, and offer solutions for treatment. Feel free to ask about all of the convenient hearing aid technologies listed above. To get started, please call us at 719-247-9000 or schedule an appointment online. We look forward to hearing from you!

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