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Advancements In Hearing Aid Tech

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Thanks to advancing technology, gone are the days of the bulky, beeping hearing aid. Today’s hearing aids are smaller, more precise, and less noticeable than ever. And best of all, they help people hear better. But lucky for us, it won’t end there. If today’s hearing aids are this amazing, imagine what could be coming down the road a few years from now.

More Wireless Technology

Wireless hearing aids are already widely available and highly effective. However, the most advanced models are able to connect to each other and to other devices, such as smart phones, to enhance the ability to hear conversations, notifications, and more. Smart phone apps can now also help you locate a lost hearing aid, and even fine tune them using your phone. This kind technology is available, but not widely used as of yet. As prices come down, you can bet these hearing aid advances will be in more and more hands — and ears.

Hearing Aids Meet High Fashion

No, really! Developing technology may turn hearing aid accessories into “wearables.” With the above wireless technology, you could have a stylish watch or bracelet that is actually a hearing aid control.

Sophisticated Sensors

Starkey is working on technology that would let hearing aids detect which direction your ears are facing, giving them the ability to determine which sounds are most important to you at any given time. These hearing aids would adjust automatically to enhance those sounds. Consider for a moment how this could improve your ability to hear conversations at a crowded party.

The Nanoplug

Not yet available, the Nanoplug is a tiny hearing aid only slightly larger than a grain of rice. This lets it fit completely inside the ear canal, making it invisible. It actually nestles close to the eardrum, where it is protected from wind noise and internal feedback. Capable of holding a charge for 6 days, the Nanoplug weighs almost nothing and has greatly reduced corrosive elements, making it safe for inside the ear. There are 4 different hearing modes which the user can change themselves, depending on their environment. To switch modes, they merely have to tap their ear.

3-D Printing & Tiny Tech

The technology of 3-dimensional printing is allowing hearing aid shells to actually be printed. This could help produce them faster and more affordably. The computerized chips inside hearing aids are being made paper-thin and flexible, but they’re more powerful than the computers most of us had nearly 3 decades ago. The result? Tiny, more comfortable hearing aids with better sound quality than ever before.

Hearing technology has come such a long way over the last few decades, that it seems almost impossible for it to get any better. But if history has taught us anything, it’s that we should never underestimate the human race and their ability to come up with new and innovative ideas for everything — including our hearing.

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