Hearing aid technology has improved so much over the years. It's not a bulky device that you hang around your neck or in your pocket with a long wire protruding from your ear these days. Hearing aids are now compact, discreet, and allow you to live your life without feeling as if there's something sticking out of your ear. With every passing year, there are exciting advancements in hearing aid technology to help everyone with a hearing problem live their life better. Here are some of the latest, as well as some “sound advice” on choosing the device for your lifestyle.

The latest hearing aid technology

With nearly 20 percent of Americans experiencing hearing loss, it's important the technology fits seamlessly into our lives and modern-day needs. When evaluating what hearing aids are best for you, consider some of the latest advancements.

Rechargeable hearing aid technology

Although this isn't a new invention, rechargeable technology is now taking its cue from the way we use smartphones on a regular basis. The fact that we are constantly on the go means that we need a battery that meets our daily demands. The latest rechargeable hearing aids use lithium-ion power cells and allow for a much longer wear time.

Invisible-in-canal (IIC) hearing aids

There is a multitude of hearing aid styles already available, but miniaturized technology is now adding even more options to the line-up. As part of the canal-worn hearing aids, there are now invisible in canal devices that offer even more discreetness. These devices sit deep in the canal and are inserted and removed by your audiologist, providing not only less work because you don’t have to deal with batteries, but the privacy you want. For those people who feel self-conscious that their hearing aid is on display, no matter how small it is, these hearing aids can provide additional peace of mind.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning

Artificial intelligence and machine learning are the most innovative trends in the hearing aid industry. Numerous hearing aid manufacturers and tech companies are looking into using artificial intelligence to make hearing aids smarter, officially joining the ranks of modern tech as we know it. Using Artificial Intelligence (AI) in our hearing aids can mean that unnecessary background noise is filtered, and the future of this innovation points towards hearing aids learning what sounds to focus on. This means that having a conversation in a noisy environment doesn't mean having to listen to everything at the same volume.

Choosing the right device for your needs

While there are so many advancements in hearing aid technology, you still need to pick one that suits your lifestyle. You have to give consideration to the factors like your budget, the activities you participate in, as well as how severe your hearing loss is. Depending on the level of hearing loss you have determines the type and features of hearing aids recommended to you.

In addition to the latest technology, there are also a variety of tried and true styles you want to consider. This includes behind-the-ear, in-the-ear and in-the-canal types. These devices all range in size and can be tailored to your specific needs by adding the right features to the device. 

It’s important to remember that your lifestyle is an important factor to consider when purchasing this. Do you watch a lot of television? Do you spend multiple days or evenings out and about? Or do you involve yourself in situations where your hearing aid could suffer wear and tear, like exercising? You need to give consideration to your manual dexterity, as well as your working environment, and if it's important for you to have sufficient hearing, for example, if you work with music or audio, or it's essential that you hear higher or lower tones.

While the latest hearing aid technology can be adjusted to suit our lifestyle, we still need to pick the right device that suits us and our own individual needs. While many modern hearing aids have a number of advanced technical components, such as remote sound programs, Bluetooth compatibility, and numerous microphones, you still need to give consideration as to what you need to make your life as normal as it was before your hearing deteriorated.

Hearing aids are varied in makes and sizes, which is why it is essential to get the help of a qualified audiologist. If you have any issues, you can contact Adirondack Audiology at (800) 273-9536 and they will answer your questions.