By: Barbara Madden, AuD
Whether you are active and ‘on the go’ or prefer the quiet of home, staying in touch with people means being able to connect with a wide range of communication systems. It's difficult to imagine life without TV, mobile phones, home and office computers, MP3 players, satellite navigators, and home entertainment systems. For hearing aid users, connecting with others by telephone, enjoying TV programs and appreciating music have been big challenges. Not anymore!
Hearing Aids for The Digital World
So what does wireless connectivity mean for someone wearing hearing aids? Over the past few years, our world has become inundated with audio signals transmitted through wireless technology. People with hearing loss were often unable to use or appreciate the benefits of their favorite audio devices. Recent developments by several of the most reputable hearing aid manufacturers have made it easy to wirelessly connect hearing aids to TV, telephones, DVD players and iPods. Technology is now so effective that connectivity should be considered as a possibility for all people who wear hearing aids.
Connectivity between hearing aids and audio devices is achieved through the use of ground-breaking developments, which may include Bluetooth, 2.4 GHz or proprietary wireless technologies. Each of these communication standards allows electronic devices to communicate with each other. More specifically, they provide an interface between hearing aids and electronic devices, such as the TV and cell phone. This technology has expanded the world of communication, and just like everyone else, now hearing aid wearers can enjoy strong, clear TV sound and dialogue as well as hands-free telephone use.
Talk to An Expert
Once hearing loss has been diagnosed, there are many important considerations before deciding which hearing solution will be best for you. Your lifestyle and listening environments are important to consider! A simple assessment will make it easier for your audiologist to suggest hearing aids and accessories that suit you well. The best recommendation for your hearing needs may include advanced, digital hearing aids as well as wireless technology to give you higher quality sound and enhanced enjoyment of TV programs and music. Wireless compatibility with everyday audio devices will help you function easier and more effectively throughout the day.
Keeping up with technology may seem daunting as we see computers, cell phones and electronic gadgets becoming more prevalent. Not to worry! The audiologist will suggest simple solutions to address your concerns about hearing. By combining hearing aid technology with wireless accessories, most people regain their ability to function in the challenging situations of everyday life. Digital technology and wireless interfaces offer the freedom of connectivity, communication with confidence and reduced limitations.
As audiologists, we strive to decrease the negative impacts of hearing loss in all aspects of life. These amazing digital, wireless technologies provide new solutions to address some of the most frustrating hearing concerns. Hearing loss may decrease our interest and motivation to stay active, to socialize and to communicate with others. In today’s fast-paced world, it is important that we stay connected, personally and professionally. Hearing instruments and connectivity accessories available now are intuitive, effective and simple to use. Staying connected has never been easier!
To make an appointment with the Riddle Hospital team of audiologists, call 1.866. CALL. MLH.