The blow by blow on hearing aids vs. modern technology

05/10/2016

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Cell phones, computers, iPad, iWatch, there are a lot of new and exciting gadgets on the market today. Take a minute and think about the most advanced technology used in everyday life. Now, what are the chances that you thought about hearing aids? Probably not very good. And, yet, hearing aids are one of the most technologically advanced items out there. Today’s hearing aid technology takes on some of the world’s more advanced technologies. Let’s see how they stack up.

Round One

Ding. Ding. Ding.

Hearing Aids vs. iPad

iPads have been around for roughly six years and they’ve taken the world by storm. But hearing aids have been around for hundreds of years, even before they became electric in the 1900’s. Many of today’s hearing aids come equipped with Bluetooth, so anything done on an iPad can be filtered through your hearing aid. So is an iPad just a fun toy advanced hearing aids can play with? Well, no, an iPad can connect to a home, so a person can turn on lights or TV by pressing a button. Imagine a hearing aid that can control all of that too. A hearing aid that will dial your phone on command, turn on your coffee pot and your home security system. Think that’s somewhere far into the future? It’s not–Oticon just released the first ever hearing aid that connects to the internet. It’s called Opn™, and the tech on this device is off the charts. One of the cool things, is that it can be connected to your house, so you can say, “Turn on the coffee” or “Turn off the lights” or “Enable the alarm” and have these things accomplished. Why go searching for your iPad when you only have to say what you want?

Round Two

Ding. Ding. Ding.

Hearing Aids vs. Robots

This might seem a bit of a stretch, but hearing aids are smart. They learn what you like to hear, what you don’t like to hear. There are even hearing aids that can tell when you arrive home—switching into “at home” mode. Yep, hearing aids can learn a user’s preference and even assess the environment. In fact, some hearing aids can scan the sound environment a hundred times in one second. Wow-That’s faster than the fastest robot. And just like robots, hearing aids are technology designed to aid humans and make their lives easier. They’re also a complex technology that uses software and advanced algorithms. Still not convinced? Perhaps you’re thinking, yeah but robots have computers for brains. How do hearing aids stack up to the intelligence part of artificial intelligence AKA computers? Well, we’re glad you asked.

Round Three

Ding. Ding. Ding.

Hearing Aids vs. Computers

Incredible processing speeds, ability to store data—not just user’s data but data on thousands of sounds and environments—nope, we’re not talking about your home computer. We’re talking about the minicomputer inside of today’s hearing aids. And, what’s more, hearing aids are so smart they can actually make you smarter. Not all the cat videos stored on your computer can do that. A recent study conducted at The University of Texas showed people had improved brain function after two weeks of hearing aid use. It’s believed that this improved brain function happens when you hear better because your brain is freed up to think and learn more easily. But there are also hearing aids designed to support speech and language development in kids. Hearing aids are the first wearable technology—before the Fitbit or iWatch. You could even say hearing aids started the whole wearable technology trend.

Still not convinced? We’re going to sit back, kick up our feet, and listen to our favorite music streamed from our computers. Thanks, hearing aids.

If you’d like to get in on the trend, try some of these cool technologies, become smarter, and engage better with the world–we can help. Call us today to setup an appointment with a hearing health provider near you 888.902.9310.

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