The application of digital technology to hearing aids has resulted in vast improvements to hearing aids in the last 10 years. Today’s devices are smaller yet more powerful and even more reliable than before. Tiny processors are capable of performing an incredible number of computations per second, allowing for features such as multi-directional microphones, artificial intelligence and more. At Hear Again America, you will also find the latest in proven technology to help you experience the joy of hearing once again
Bluetooth Hearing Aids
Bluetooth technology allows two digital devices to communicate without the use of wires. Perhaps you are familiar with cellphones, speakers or headphones that are Bluetooth enabled. This same technology allows Bluetooth-enabled hearing aids to connect with other Bluetooth-enabled devices.
Televisions, GPS devices, cellphones, laptops, and digital tablets commonly come equipped with Bluetooth technology.
If you are a tech-savvy person, you may find Bluetooth-enabled hearing aids enhance the way you interact with your other technology. By pairing the two devices, the audio will stream directly to your hearing aids.
Bluetooth hearing aids come in all the regular hearing aid styles including:
- Behind the ear (BTE)
- In the ear (ITE)
- In the canal (ITC)
- Invisible in canal (IIC)
- Completely in canal (CIC)
- Receiver in canal (RIC)
Wearing Bluetooth-enabled hearing aids can cut down on feedback from your other digital devices, reduce static from your hearing aids and using other digital devices a much more pleasurable experience. On the downside, while your hearing aids are paired with another device, the internal microphone may be turned off, preventing you from hearing other sounds around you.
Cell Phone Accessories
If you rely on your cellphone as your main form of communication, you may benefit from cellphone accessories that make hearing phone conversations with your hearing aids easier and clearer.
While federal regulations require that hearing aids be cellphone compatible, this minimum standard may not provide the hearing experience you need. That’s where cellphone accessories for hearing aids come in handy.
Telecoils are now built into most hearing aids. Be sure to ask your hearing care professional at Hear Again America about the availability of this option for your hearing aids.
The Bluetooth technology discussed above can be used to send a signal to your hearing aids via a neckloop or ear hook. A neckloop is a wire about the size of a necklace chain. It’s worn around the neck and sends a weak signal to the telecoil that then amplifies the sound. They are popular for handsfree use of cellphones while driving. An ear hook works like the neckloop, but instead, it is worn behind your behind the ear hearing aid.
Your cellphone manufacturer may have other cellphone accessories available as well.
Rechargeable Hearing Aids/Devices
Most hearing aids are powered by zinc-ion technology. This requires frequent changing of disposable batteries. More and more people are opting for the freedom of rechargeable hearing aids/devices. These hearing aids are docked at a charging station to recharge (usually overnight) and then are ready for hours of use. Some rechargeable hearing aids provide an option to use disposable batteries. If vision or dexterity problems make handling small hearing aid batteries difficult or if you lead an active, on-the-go lifestyle, rechargeable hearing aids may be the solution for you.
When you want to know about the latest in proven hearing aid technology, talk to the hearing care professionals at Hear Again America. We stay abreast of what’s new, what’s hot, and what’s not. Trust our hearing professionals to guide you to the right technology to meet your needs.