Hearing aid technology has made huge leaps since people held ear trumpets up to their ears to amplify sound. The latest hearing aids are technological wonders, some so small they are practically invisible.
If you want to hear more, join in the conversation, and live better — find out everything you need to know about hearing aids here.
Hearing Aids Have Changed: 3 Benefits of New Hearing Aid Technology
Thinking about getting hearing aids? We’ve come a long way since the clunky style popular in your grandparents’ day. Not only do current hearing aids have slick designs, some of them virtually disappear in the ear canal and are barely noticeable even when you’re looking for them. Here are just 3 benefits of getting hearing aids:
- Hear every word…even when there’s background noise. Hearing aids are now equipped with artificial intelligence which not only “learn” your favorite settings and adapt automatically to different situations. AI technology allows you to identify which voices you want to listen to…and drown out the rest.
- Recover from cognitive decline. One of the lesser-known, life-changing issues caused by hearing loss is cognitive decline. Luckily, studies have shown that people wearing hearing aids can recover any cognitive decline simply by treating their hearing loss.
- Treat tinnitus. It’s estimated that a third of people in the U.S. have tinnitus–ringing or clicking in the ears. While there’s no cure for tinnitus, some hearing aids can mask the noise offering you relief. The latest hearing aid technology can even work like a fitness tracker by monitoring your vital signs. (Seriously, it’s more accurate than a wrist device.)
Hearing Aid Types: How to Choose a Hearing Aid
There are many hearing aid types to choose from including:
- In-the-canal (ITC) hearing aids.
- Invisible-in-canal (IIC) hearing aids.
- In the Ear (ITE) hearing aids.
- Behind-the-ear (BTE).
- Receiver in canal (RIC).
- Extended wear hearing aids.
- Middle-ear implants. An alternative to hearing aids, these devices have an external portion and a surgically-implanted portion.
- Bluetooth hearing aids.
The best way to choose a hearing aid is to see a hearing specialist and have your hearing evaluated. Some of the above options might not work well in your ear canal or for your particular type of hearing. Here’s some advice on what to look for when choosing a hearing aid style.
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Hearing Aids 101: What You Should Know
Unfortunately, there are a ton of myths about hearing aids. For example, most people think the minute you put them in your ears you’ll instantly hear better. The truth it, you often need to adjust to them. In fact, the more you wear your hearing aids, the better you’ll be able to hear. Here are some hearing aid basics every owner should know:
- 5 Mistakes Every New Hearing Aid Owner Makes
- How Long Should You Wear Your Hearing Aids
- Can You Use Hand-Me-Down Hearing Aids?
Caring for Your Hearing Aids
From cleaning your hearing aids to taking them (safely) with you on vacation, learning how to care for your hearing aids is crucial to keeping your investment in peak condition.
- What You Need to Know About Traveling with Your Hearing Aids
- 8 Reasons You Can’t Treat Hearing Aids Like Glasses
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Hearing Aid Batteries
Cool Things You Didn’t Know About Hearing Aids
The stigma around hearing aids is gone…now most people consider them a personal device…an extension of their smartphones and computers. Here are just some of the exciting advancements in hearing aid technology….plus a few wild things we bet you didn’t know:
- How the Future of Hearing Aids Has Changed in Just One Year
- Would You Wear a Hearing Aid for $30,000 a Year?
- 3 Exciting New Tech Improvements to Hearing Aids
- Does Your Hearing Degrade Without a Hearing Aid?
- What Does the Hearing Aid Noise Filter Do?
- Hearing Aids Are Cheaper Than a Visit to the ER
Are There Alternatives to Hearing Aids?
Lately, there’s a lot in the news about alternatives to hearing aids such as a personal sound amplification device or over-the-counter hearing aids. Here’s the inside skinny on this new hearing technology.
- What Is a PSAP and How Is It Different from a Hearing Aid?
- Are Earbuds a Viable Alternative to Hearing Aids?
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