We are lucky to be experiencing a hearing device renaissance at the moment. Advances in technology have enabled hearing device manufacturers to come out with more and better devices, and especially, devices that cater to particular lifestyles like never before.
Here are just some of the hearing device enhancements that can contribute to your lifestyle:
Active – if you lead an active lifestyle, you may have previously been frustrated at hearing devices that didn’t stay put while you were on the move. Now, devices are available that are designed particularly for active pursuits and that will take almost anything you throw at them. Most hearing aids also have sweat protection allowing you to continue active activities without compromising your hearing.
Discreet – Don’t want others to know that you’re wearing a hearing aid? New IIC (invisible in-canal) hearing devices sit deep within the ear. They wouldn’t have been possible a few years ago, but technology has come far enough that a much smaller device can have the same level of functionality that an outside-the-ear device had a few years ago.
High-Tech – Are you always on-the-go? Do you need a hearing device with bluetooth and different modes so you can easily talk on the telephone and hear well in a variety of situations such as sporting events or busy restaurants? A new class of devices come standard with bluetooth integration and a mobile phone app that allows you to switch between different modes for improved hearing in a wide variety of situations.
Audiophile – Do you love listening to hi-fi music? There are hearing aids on the market now that cater specifically to users who want to have as full of a hearing experience of the entire audio spectrum (bass, mid, treble) as possible.
Key in selecting the right device for your needs is the role of the professional. There is also a trial period with hearing aids, and that is why the relationship between patient and audiologist is so important. If something about a particular device isn’t for the patient, the audiologist will work to adjusting the device and potentially try out a different model until the patient’s needs are met.
Here at Chicago Hearing Services, we ask in-depth lifestyle questions so we can better understand the needs and wants of our patients. When looking for help, go to a professional you can trust and who can answer your questions. Contact us today to set up an appointment!