Like many medical devices, hearing aids have come a long, long way in the last two decades. Not only do they offer increased auditory assistance geared for almost all degrees of hearing loss, but the additional features you can choose from will enhance the longevity and utility of using such a device.
For this reason, hearing loss experienced today can be managed, assisted and mitigated. It is far from having the tremendous life impact one may have assumed in the past. In fact, millions of people worldwide live happy, fulfilled and purposeful lives within all areas of the hearing loss spectrum, and that’s something none of us should take for granted.
Yet if you’re experiencing hearing loss yourself, you don’t need grand reassurance, even if it can feel quite comforting to have. Odds are, you wish to know more about the practicality of your situation, including exactly what special features you can expect from your hearing aids.
Of course, the best place to start is to visit an audiologist. They can help define exactly the scope of your hearing loss and what remedies may have the most effect. If this involves the use of a hearing instrument such as hearing aids – consider which of the best hearing aid features you may wish to invest in.
Bluetooth and Smartphone Integration
It’s true to say that this is the feature to watch because it will become the new standard before the next couple of years are out. It’s already a feature offered by many digital hearing aids and it’s well-appreciated.
Of course, Bluetooth connectivity means that using your hearing aid as a direct attachment to a device, such as a smartphone and all of its associated apps. This is no simple recreational addition, however, as smartphone integration means that hearing aid settings can be managed more readily with manufacturer-approved software, while collecting telemetry data about the performance of your device will be essential for medical providers to give you the best support.
Tinnitus is a real condition that many who experience hearing loss also have to manage. For that reason, many hearing aid devices now offer tinnitus masking frequencies such as subtle tones and pitches that help overcome the unique effects of tinnitus in your ear. This can help you manage the condition more readily without much effort on your own part, as well as helping you isolate this sound and feel more receptive to the sounds your hearing aid is empowering you to hear.
Wireless Hearing Aids
Generally, and before now, hearing aids have had to be matched individually, as hearing loss isn’t always symmetrical. However, hearing aids that connect to one another now provide manufacturers and medical personnel the means to set both hearing aids in tandem, keeping them connected and communicative without necessarily sharing the same settings.
This can heighten the ability they have of replicating more accurate sound quality, as well as adjusting to the needs of your hearing on the fly. This may be a convenience you take for granted after a while, but as they say, when a hearing aid works well its functioning is noticed less and less on any given day.
Better Sound Processing and Frequency Response
Of course, this is the main feature of any hearing aid, but it’s true that top-of-the-line sound processing and frequency responses are often reserved for the higher end models or they have been until now. The better the hearing aid, generally, the more flexibility it has to band sounds together related to your particular prescription.
However, not only are modern hearing aids making excellent sound quality the norm but allowing for more adaptable frequency response which helps that excellent sound quality work better for you. That, in effect, can be a tremendous help to anyone who just wants to hear well with a device, full stop.
So, Where Do You Go from Here?
It’s very true to say that you can’t find the best hearing aid for your needs without visiting an audiologist. Ascent Audiology & Hearing should be your first stop, and you can see why by calling us at 941-866-6253 or 941-866-6216.