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What Are the Features of Modern Hearing Aids?

a blue hearing aid in a hand

Hearing aids have definitely changed over the last decade or so and what is modern now, might be old in the next ten years. A lot of people will avoid hearing aids simply because they’re basing their decision off what they typically remember them looking like, clunky and beige colored for the most part. However, that’s changed considerably, and so here are some of the features that you can expect to find in modern hearing aids.

Wireless technology

One of the best things to have come from technology is that a lot of our devices that we use are now wireless. We don’t have to deal with tangled or unnecessarily long wiring that often came with a lot of electronic devices originally. With modern hearing aids, they now have wireless capabilities that enable hearing aids to communicate with each other. It helps simplify the process of adjusting your hearing aids because when you adjust one, the other one will automatically adjust itself. Pretty efficient, right? The hearing aids can also adjust to the sounds around you and will work together to adjust accordingly. That means no fussing around on your part to manually get the levels right.

Smartphone compatibility

Fancy having your hearing aids connected to a mobile phone, your tablet or any other device that’s Bluetooth-enabled? Well, now you can, and it’s only right that you can do it with your hearing aids because most other appliances around your home have that capability too. Some hearing devices also operate via a remote control if a particular model is selected, so it means you can control your hearing aids via your phones with just a click of a button. Your audiologist can talk you through all the devices available with smartphone capability and what remote control devices you can use too. 

Open-ear devices

With a lot of traditional hearing aids, you’d have impressions taken of the patient’s outer ear, and this would be custom-fit, sealing up the entry to the ear canal. Nowadays, though, you have the option of having ones that are so discreet, they allow the ear canal to remain completely free for the most part, and open-ear devices as they are more commonly called are placed behind the ear instead of inside it. They are also available in different designs much like a piece of ear jewelry, so they might not be noticeable at all to others.

Data logging

A lot of the electronic devices that we have in modern technology can do a lot and so much so that with hearing aids now, most of them have the ability for data logging. Data logging is an advanced feature that can store data about multiple environments. That means that when you’re going to environments that are familiar to the hearing aid, it’ll adapt to the levels that you have previously had them at. Your audiologist can use any data that comes from your hearing aid to help customize and improve its functionality. The more it logs, the better your hearing aid adapts to your needs.

Wind noise reduction

There’s nothing more annoying than hearing the wind when you have hearing aids. Excessive wind noise can really impact those who are hearing aid wearers, but thanks to technology, hearing aids can now detect the presence of wind that’s blowing across the hearing aid microphones. That means it can help to avoid or reduce the noise that comes from it. With less wind noise, you’ve got more clarity in the sound and quality that you hear.

Are hearing aids for you?

When it comes to hearing aids, they’re not like they used to be, and they will continue to evolve as technology does. If you’re someone who has hearing loss to some degree, then exploring the option of hearing aids might be for you. It’s good to go and get tested by a local audiologist to see whether you’re suited for them and what options are available for you. From the results you’re given, to the choices available, getting hearing aids can provide you with a better quality of hearing, or prevent further hearing loss. You can expect to get plenty of personal opportunities to customize and adapt your hearing aids to suit your lifestyle, preferences and needs. 

If you’re looking to learn more about hearing aids and whether they’re the right option for you, it’s worth taking a look at East Bay Audiologists, APC who are experts in this field. You can find out all the relevant information that you need by giving us a call at 925-718-5592.