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How have hearing aids changed over the years?

Hearing aid technology has improved significantly over the years. Big and bulky devices are no longer your only option, and you may be surprised about the modern features that exist.

Here are a few ways hearing aids have changed over the years.

Bluetooth Connectivity
One of the most convenient new features of hearing aids is the ability to connect with other devices wirelessly. Some hearing aids allow you to connect directly to your smartphone, computer, TV, or tablet. Now you can take phone calls through your hearing aid, stream music, or watch videos and movies.

Updated Microphones
Most modern hearing aids have directional microphones built-in to help you hear sounds from specific locations easier. Some can even automatically switch directions or modes for you depending on if you’re having a conversation with someone or listening to music.

Rechargeable Batteries
The time and cost of staying on top of disposable batteries are no longer necessary. You now have the option to purchase rechargeable hearing aids that you can easily charge overnight. Most fully rechargeable hearing aids will last 19 to 24 hours on a single charge and can handle power-consuming tasks such as wireless streaming.

Increased Design Options
Today you have many options on what you want your hearing aid to look like and where it is located in or around your ear. You can get hearing aids in colours beyond beige, so it better matches your skin tone. Some styles are also nearly invisible! Ask the Correct Hearing team about these.

The four main style options are:

  • Behind the ear (BTE)
  • In the ear (ITE)
  • In the canal (ITC)
  • Completely in the canal (CIC)

Reduced Background Noises
Modern hearing aids have better technologies to block out background noises, including wind interference outdoors. They can identify important sounds and increase the volume without also changing the volume of other sounds. For instance, you can easily have conversations in noisy restaurants without picking up the chatter of nearby tables.

Hear Your Voice Naturally
Sometimes hearing aids make your voice sound different. However, new technologies allow your hearing aid to pinpoint your mouth location and detect when you are speaking. The result is your voice is processed separately so you can sound more like yourself when speaking.

New hearing aid technologies exist to provide you with a better quality of life overall. If you have any questions on what options are best for you and fit your budget, contact us today, we look forward to speaking with you!