There are hundreds of millions of people around the world who suffer some sort of hearing problem and thanks to advancements in technology there are more solutions being created to help deliver as normal hearing as possible for a growing number of patients.
A classic example of how far we have come with hearing aid tech would be the development of Bluetooth hearing aids for easier listening, and that is just one example of how the field of hearing loss treatment has evolved in recent times.
Here is a look at some of those technological advancements.
What Has Changed in the Field of Hearing Loss Treatment in the Recent Years?
Making good use of Bluetooth technology
We are fully subscribed to a world of smartphones and portable devices that are bristling with technology and it makes sense that hearing aids should also be able to take advantage of Bluetooth technology.
You can now get two different types of Bluetooth-enabled hearing devices. Either a behind the ear version (BTE) or in the ear (ITE).
The obvious advantage of using Bluetooth technology is that the connection is wireless so you can even stream audio directly into your hearing aid.
As already mentioned, smartphones probably have to be considered integral to modern communication for many of us and that is why a growing number of hearing aid manufacturers are developing programs and apps that make it easier to make adjustments and change programs using your smartphone.
One notable advantage attached to having a hearing aid that enjoys smartphone connectivity is the fact that it should be easier to adjust volume settings and even tweak the bass and treble for maximum comfort.
You now have a number of added options when choosing your hearing aid and technology has made that possible by enabling devices to become even smaller and more discreet.
If you decide that you want an ITE device you can now achieve a highly discreet solution by opting for a device that is either completely in the canal or is invisible in the canal.
It is easy to understand why you would want this option as it would be virtually impossible to tell you were wearing a hearing device but you might have to temper your enthusiasm if the size of your ear canal is not deemed suitable or your degree of hearing loss does not make an ITE option viable.
As you would expect for something that is small enough to fit discreetly inside your ear canal these hi-tech hearing devices are quite a design and engineering achievement.
However, it should be noted that although hearing aid technology has come a long way an ultra-small device inside your ear might not yet be capable of coping with someone with more severe or profound hearing loss.
The good news is that opting for a BTE alternative doesn’t have to be a poor compromise as these hearing aids are getting much smaller and sleeker as each year passes and technology finds an innovative way to offer a discreet and efficient way to contend with hearing loss problems.