Did you know that about two to three out of every 1,000 children in the U.S. are born with some degree of hearing loss, whether it?s in one or both ears? And the number of Americans with hearing loss has doubled from 2000 to 2015 — this is likely in part due to an overall aging population. Not surprisingly, many people are interested in knowing their options to combat the effects of hearing problems. Here?s what you need to know about hearing aids in 2016.
Two Hearing Aids Helps
Although it?s a familiar sight to see someone wearing one hearing aid instead of two, for many people with hearing loss in both ears, wearing two aids allows for better sound quality since this is typically how people hear — it helps the brain both localize sounds and help out in noisier environments. Today, there are many hearing aids available that can be very subtle or be stylish enough so that they can be mistaken as typical ear pieces for a Bluetooth headset. Some are almost impossible to see unless someone is really looking for them.
They Don?t Squeak
Many years ago when the technology for assistive listening devices was newer, the devices could be quite squeaky — this was known as ?feedback.? Newer, modern hearing aids are small, discreet, and don?t provide noisy feedback when you comb your hair near it or happen to brush against something by accident.
Hearing Aids Today are ?Smart?
Years ago, you may have noticed your grandfather turning his hearing aid off at certain times. Often, this was because the devices had difficulty differentiating between different environments — meaning that what worked in one location ended up being a headache in another. Today, hearing aids can adjust to different soundscapes — allowing for better hearing whether you?re talking at a restaurant or hanging out in a crowded bar.
If you?re someone who?s quite active, you might wonder just how well your hearing aid would be able to fare. You?re in luck — digital hearing aids are popular for a reason. These devices can withstand humidity, water, and dust as well, so that you?re good to go whether you?re biking or swimming. Batteries for hearing aids are easy to charge, as well.
What has your experience with digital hearing aids been like? Will you consider wearing one of these devices so that you can experience the world at the volume it’s meant to be heard at?