Like any other technology, hearing aids can be cool, too! Not only can these tiny sophisticated devices be personalized for your listening needs and budget, but the latest designs incorporate some very useful and cool features.
One hearing aid company has an application that can be downloaded without charge and turns a smart phone into a remote control for hearing aids. It works with both Apple and Android devices, and is a terrific option for those who have trouble with vision or dexterity. This simple program lets the listener discretely turn volume up and down, or change to a different setting for different listening situations. For example, if the music at church is too loud, use the phone to lower the volume to a comfortable level without touching the hearing aids at all. If sounds are very unpleasant, use the “mute” button on the screen (just don’t tell your spouse). In a noisy restaurant? Tap the screen and change what sounds the hearing aids pick up so dinner conversation is easier. Sound complicated? It isn’t! If you can work a television remote, you can use this handy app.
Another useful feature that is showing up with all major hearing aid manufacturers is Bluetooth Streaming. Why is this cool? And what is streaming? Streaming is a direct audio signal from the sound source to the hearing aid, like a radio tower. How can this be helpful? This feature is great for watching television. The sound goes directly from the TV to the hearing aids. No more blasting the volume until the windows rattle, no more family members complaining the TV is too loud, no more guessing what is happening on the screen, and no more bulky headphones that cut you off from everyone else in the room! The sound is sent directly to your hearing aids, and specifically tuned for each listener. Even better, it is possible to stream phone calls, audiobooks, podcasts, or music from almost any Bluetooth device. Like listening to music while working around the house or exercising? The range of thirty feet means a cell phone or tablet doesn’t have to be in a pocket to hear a favorite song. Another way to use this feature is for phone calls. Not only are calls in stereo, which is easier to understand for most, but volume for the call and volume for background noise can all be controlled with the phone using a free application similar to the one mentioned above.
Delaware Speech & Hearing has examples of these hearing aids with these terrific features and can provide a demonstration or loan to you in both our Powell and Delaware locations. Call (740) 369-3650 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for an appointment to get more information and find out how these cool hearing aids can work for you!
Written by Donna Ramey, MA, CCC-A, Audiologist, Delaware Speech and Hearing Center
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