Hearing loss is a problem that affects 48 million people in the U.S., according to the Center for Hearing and Communication.[ The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) estimates that about 15 percent of those over the age of 18 report some level of hearing loss. Hearing aids can help those with hearing deficiencies live a fuller life. Modern technology has ushered in a new age of hearing aids, with devices that are getting smaller and smarter than was possible even a few years ago. Here is a look at some of the best new hearing aids and technology right now and in the near future.
If you have experienced hearing loss, RESS ENT can provide diagnosis, care options and recommend hearing aids to help you live a normal life.
The Silk Hearing Aid
Hear.com describes the Silk Hearing Aid as, “The easiest hearing aid to use and the most comfortable.” It is available in three sizes, so it fits most ears, eliminating the need for ear impressions or molds. In other words, it is virtually “ready to wear”.
Hearing Aid Innovations and Eargo
Eargo® is a company that has begun to transform the hearing aid market. Eargo devices are designed to be nearly invisible. The technology is based on soft Flexi Fibers that dangle in the ear without blocking the ear canal. The design allows bass sounds to travel into the ear so only higher-pitched sounds must be augmented. They can also more affordable than other types of hearing aids.
Hearing Aid Innovations from Oticon Opn
The Oticon Opn™ hearing aid has made vast improvements in softening background noises, with directional amplification that makes sounds smoother and more natural. Its proprietary BrainHearing technology works by means of an internal chip that performs millions of calculations per second. Another amazing benefit? “Devices such as doorbells, smoke alarms, lighting, safety equipment and appliances can be programmed to send a signal through your hearing aid to let you know, for example, when someone’s at the door or that the smoke detector has gone off,” according to AARP.[
Hearing Aid Innovations and ReSound ENZO
The ReSound ENZO™ hearing aid is designed for people with severe to profound hearing loss, a group that is often overlooked or the last to have access to the latest technology. ENZO allows the user to program preset audio levels for places such as restaurants or at home.
Hearing Aid Innovations and Wireless Technology
We already have wireless and “smart” everything, from phones and watches to even household appliances. Smart technology and Wi-Fi can also be used to connect hearing aids to Bluetooth-enabled devices. Hearing aid manufacturers are already beginning to integrate the technology. Wearers will even be able to use these devices to stream music from a smart phone, something that might have seemed impossible for those with hearing loss.
Hearing Aid Technology and AI
Artificial Intelligence (AI) could have a number of applications when it comes to hearing aids. One example mentioned in Audiology Online states, “AI could bring language translation possibilities to hearing aids. Let’s say you visit another country and you don’t speak the language. You should be able to use the device and tap into the power of AI for real time language translation in your ear.”
The technology that is already available
and that which is “in the works” has brought a new age in hearing aids. To see
what options could be available to help with your hearing loss, contact us to set
up an appointment today.