Annual Advancements in Medicine Section
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By Lindsey June
New technology helps amplify sound and improve day-to-day life for those with hearing loss.
Understanding Hearing Loss
Hearing loss is one of the most prevalent health conditions in older adults, though it can often go unnoticed for quite a while. In fact, statistics show that it takes the average person seven years from the time they suspect they have hearing loss until the time they seek treatment. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), approximately 48 million Americans have some form of hearing loss. That’s 20% of the population. It’s also the third most common chronic condition affecting older adults, behind high blood pressure and arthritis. Unfortunately, the effects of hearing loss can be devastating to both mental and physical health.
Thankfully, advancements in hearing aid technology mean that it’s easier than ever to take control of your hearing loss. That’s good news, considering that the NIDCD estimates that about 28.8 million U.S. adults could benefit from hearing aids. Today, custom hearing aid devices can connect directly to your mobile phone. Personalized apps allow you to adjust settings easily and customize in-ear and on-screen reminders. Other apps share information about hearing aid usage, social engagement, and physical activity levels with your loved ones.
Modern hearing aid devices can also connect directly to your television to allow wireless listening. This Bluetooth technology will help you hear clearer, more natural sound that you can adjust to your preferences. No headphones necessary!
Thanks to rechargeable technology, the battery life on hearing aids is longer than ever. With just one three-hour charge, your device can provide 24+ hours of power. Charge overnight for a full day of uninterrupted, clearer listening.
Benefits to Patients
Custom hearing aids can improve the quality of life for anyone with hearing loss who requires such a device. The interconnectedness and easy use of the technology makes for a more enjoyable overall experience. By connecting straight to your mobile phone or television, you won’t miss a beat. Rechargeable options also eliminate the need for batteries, which makes things easier for anyone with limited dexterity or vision impairments. Thanks to ongoing technological advances, hearing loss doesn’t have to mean giving up your favorite forms of entertainment.