6 Things You Didn’t Know About Hearing Aids That May Finally Move You to Get a Pair
The number one reason people don’t get hearings aids is due to common misconceptions about them. The fact is that some of those present-day misconceptions used to be true. But as is true in every technological field, hearing aids have advanced by leaps and bounds in recent years.
However, if you still have some concerns about the functionality of hearing aids or whether they will be simple to use, we want to take a few minutes to alleviate those fears. In order to do so, we’ve compiled this list of 6 things you didn’t know about hearing aids that may finally move you to get a pair.
This is a summary of a more extensive fact sheet that can be found on the Better Hearing Institute (BHI) website.
#1 Hearing Aids Are More Discrete than Ever Before
Modern hearing aids are designed to be virtually invisible. In fact, some fit completely inside the ear of the user with no visible components. If your big concern is aesthetic in nature, know that it is all about choosing the right hearing aid model for you.
#2 Most Hearing Aids Are Weather and Fitness Friendly
Some people are concerned about getting caught out in the rain or sweating a lot during a workout and destroying an expensive pair of hearing aids. Sure, there was a time in the past when high humidity was enough to affect hearing aid function, but those days are gone. In fact, you can get waterproof hearing aids to match your active lifestyle.
#3 Hearing Aids Offer Wireless Connectivity
You can now pair hearing aids with other devices using wireless technology to increase the benefits. For example, hearing aids that pair with a smartphone can allow you to have phone conversations without missing a word because the voice on the other side of the line is transmitted directly into your ear instead of having to use that poor-quality phone speaker. Some can even pair with a TV, so you don’t have to turn the volume up so loud.
#4 Hearing Aids Are Designed for a Variety of Modern Uses
Hearing aid companies know that not everyone with a hearing problem is a grandparent who just wants to be able to speak with his or her grandkids. So modern hearing aids are designed for what you actually want to use them for. For example, some models can adjust to eliminate background noise at a party or to discern multiple voices on a conference call.
#5 Easy to Charge – No More Carrying Around Batteries
While some models of hearing aid still use those little disposable batteries, others come with a portable charger. You can charge them on your nightstand next to your phone overnight to have them ready for the next day, and you can easily keep a charger at the office in case you forgot to charge them last night.
#6 More Options Than Ever Before
The world of hearing aids includes more diverse models and options than ever before. Regardless of your wants and needs, you can find a pair that meets your lifestyle. With numerous choices of style, model, color, and more, you’re sure to find a device that fills your hearing needs while matching your unique personality.
Statistics and research mentioned are taken from the Better Hearing Institute. BHI is a not-for-profit corporation that educates the public about the neglected problem of hearing loss and what can be done about it. Find them at www.betterhearing.org.
Article Written By
Caleb Rhodes, HIS
Caleb Rhodes studied at Western Kentucky Technical and Community College and Parkland College in Champaign Illinois with a focus on hearing instrument sciences. He began assisting the hearing impaired in 2003 and is licensed as a hearing instrument specialist.