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15 Aug

The Most Exciting Advances In Hearing Aid Technology

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As technology advances, manufacturers create new types of hearing aids designed for patients' needs. This new hearing aid technology has features for function, comfort and convenience. People with various levels of hearing loss can benefit from these advances in hearing aid technology. Learn more about these developments below.

1. Remote Programming

The fitting process for hearing aids usually involves multiple visits to the office to make adjustments. Thanks to wireless technology, however, hearing aid providers can perform this process remotely with some models. Using a computer or smartphone, the provider can make changes to the hearing aids from miles away.

2. Self-Fitting Through Your Smartphone

Wireless connections also let hearing aid users make adjustments. Smartphone applications provided by the manufacturer let you adjust your hearing aids to match your preferences. Some of these applications allow you to use voice control for easier use. They also open up possibilities like finding your hearing aids when you lose them or designing custom settings for different situations.

3. Directional Microphones

A directional microphone focuses on the sounds coming from a specified direction while reducing other noise. When used in hearing aids, this technology can reduce background noise and amplify sounds from your friends, loved ones and coworkers — which are the sounds you want to hear.

4. Wireless Connectivity/Bluetooth

Bluetooth technology lets devices connect wirelessly. You may see it used in headphones and wireless headsets to listen to music or phone calls. By adding Bluetooth connectivity to hearing aids, manufacturers let you connect them to your electronic devices. With the audio streaming directly to your hearing aid, you can better understand it against background noise.

5. Noise Reduction

When hearing aids take in a sound, they process a signal. Newer hearing aids can read this signal to determine if the sound includes noise. This advanced signal processing allows the hearing aid to reduce noise levels to improve your comfort in noisy environments.

6. Feedback Cancellation

Does your hearing aid create a whistling or squealing sound? This noise, known as feedback, happens when the hearing aid's microphone picks up the sound generated by the hearing aid. Hearing aids with feedback cancellation automatically detect and get rid of feedback for better listening.

7. Rechargeable Batteries

Classic hearing aids have small batteries that need to be replaced periodically. However, changing them can become difficult for people who have arthritis or another dexterity problem. Rechargeable hearing aids have built-in batteries you can recharge by plugging the hearing aids into a charger at night.

Discover More New Hearing Aid Technology From Beltone

At Beltone, we strive to provide our patients with advanced hearing aid technology that improves their quality of life. Start the process of reviewing our collection of hearing aids by scheduling a consultation today.

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