All the greatest inventors had their motivations when it came to hearing aid technology. Just look at Alexander Graham Bell. Did you know his mom suffered from hearing loss and his wife was deaf? It’s true. This spurred him on to do more research in the field of telephones and amplification. The last 200 years has seen lots of growth. Here are even more facts in regards to hearing aids.
1.Hearing aids and wireless devices are a hallmark of modern technology, and this is no more so than in the use of hearing aids. These devices can connect to Bluetooth, which gives off direct signals from anything from a smart phone to an MP3 player.
2. With water resistant and waterproof hearing aids on the market today, it’s possible to go swimming, take a shower and live in a very humid environment with these devices. This gels well with people who have an active lifestyle, so they never have to worry about removing their device.
3. The earliest versions of hearing aids were so heavy and cumbersome, people had to carry around equipment to use them. Plus, they left a lot to be desired in the sound amplification department. Today’s light weight versions are tiny and weight a couple of ounces at the most, which makes them the smallest and most compact they’re ever been.
4. Sound amplification of course is a vital component of any hearing aid but more needs to come into play here. Modern versions are capable of enhancing and clarifying sound for a much more positive listening experience.
5. In addition to offering the amplification of sound, hearing aids now feature special components like tinnitus therapy that provides relief from constant ear ringing. This is a hallmark of tinnitus, and something that can be very annoying.
6. Digital hearing aids, prevalent in the last 20 years or so, can now reduce the feedback, echoes, and background noises that can prove to be a distraction to users. Older technologies unfortunately features all of these annoyances, which made it hard to people to properly pick up clear sound.
7. Many hearing aids now have rechargeable technology rather than one-time-use batteries that are costly and need replacement regularly. This provides an added convenience to the user.
8. It’s not recommended to purchase a hearing aid at the big box store and wear it home. The most important part of a hearing aid is that it has to be programmed by a professional. By being programmed, the device can adjust automatically to outside stimuli and use settings that the user has previously deemed comfortable.
9. Hearing aids used to be available in drab beige, which blended into the ear better without detection. This was indeed practical and discrete, but today’s young hearing aid wearers want to stand out. The devices they are choosing come in vivid hues in a proud proclamation of hearing devices.
10. Induction loops were invented to help people hear better in crowds, with the ability to more accurately detect clear announcements. They were designed to get rid of all that background noise and frequency distortion, which is certainly helpful in airports, stadiums, and public transportation areas.
As you can see, there’s much to know about the growth of the hearing aid industry.