We are now well into the year 2015 and the future is here! Technology is advancing at a mind-boggling speed and even hearing aids are keeping up with the trend. Today’s innovations are making hearing aids more sophisticated than ever and are quickly eliminating some of the challenges that hearing aids have traditionally had.
Here are some of the coolest innovations in hearing aid technology.
The Phonak Roger Pen really does look like a nice pen, so it’s very discreet, but there’s more to it than meets the eye. The Roger Pen is actually a sophisticated hearing aid accessory that acts as a sort of wireless microphone. The sound is picked up by the microphone and is transmitted to miniature Roger receivers that can be attached to hearing aids or cochlear implants. The Roger Pen is particularly good at helping to transmit voices and in loud situations, making it ideal for business meetings, conversations, and in busy or noisy spaces. Users of the Phonak Roger Pen can even understand up to 62% more in noise and over distance than those with normal hearing!
At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, Siemens unveiled their smart hearing aids, generating a lot of buzz amongst tech bloggers and hearing health experts alike. These new “smart” hearing aids can help deliver better than normal hearing in noisy places like restaurants and parties. They can also adapt automatically to meet your surroundings, whether you’re golfing in the wind, driving, at a concert, or in the quiet of your own home.
If that weren’t enough, smart hearing aids can also work alongside your iOS or Android device with downloadable apps that can act as an equalizer, allowing you to control the bass, treble, and volume of your hearing aid from your phone.
Siemens has also introduced the easyTek, a sort of round disc that you wear around your neck. The puck uses Bluetooth, wires, or FM signals to connect to smartphones, computers and tablets, and televisions, so that your hearing aids will work seamlessly with the devices that you use and rely on throughout your day. Heck, even those with great hearing may want in on the new smart hearing aid technology!
Not to be outdone, ReSound offers the LiNX system, which is made for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Essentially, ReSound LiNX gives your hearing aids incredible sound and control, and also allows your hearing aids to act as wireless stereo headphones for the iOS devices in a simple way.
Technology is advancing at lightning speed, and now these great innovations are coming to hearing aid technology. At Academy Hearing, we are excited to see where the next advancements and trends take hearing aid solutions. If the advancements in the next five years is anything like the last five, we have some exciting new hearing advancements to look forward to!
If you are interested in learning more about the awesome new products that are available for those with hearing loss, give us a call at (403) 210-2482 or email us at [email protected]!