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Using Your Hearing Aids with a Smartphone
The hearing aid has changed significantly since its original conception in 1898. As we continue to move into the future, The different types of hearing aids are based on the type of impairment. They can be classified as either an assistive listening device, a hearing aid, or a cochlear implant.
The first type of hearing aid is an audio amplifier that can help people with mild or moderate loss in difficult or noisy environments. The second type of hearing aid is for people with more progressive hearing loss and who need amplification to restore sound quality.
However, as we quickly find ourselves moving into a future where technology is a part of everyday life, it is understandable that hearing aids will also follow that progression. So, with new technology, how has the hearing aid paired with something we use every day- the smartphone?
How hearing aids help with hearing impairment
Hearing impairment is most common among people aged 65 or older, and they are most likely to use the hearing aid to help with their hearing impairment.
Hearing aids are small devices that make sounds louder and clearer for someone who has hearing loss. They work by making sound waves enter through a person’s ear canal and vibrating the eardrum, which then sends sound waves to the cochlea, converted into nerve impulses that go to the brain.
What are the different types of hearing aids?
Hearing aids come in different shapes and sizes and can be used for different purposes. Other types of hearing aids exist, including behind the ear (BTE), in the ear (ITE) and in the canal (ITC). BTEs sit on or behind your ear while ITEs fit into your outer ear canal. ITCs fit deep into your outer ear canal. While there are many versions of the hearing aid, the most ones are:
Behind the ear: These hearing aids are small and fit behind the outer ear but over the ear canal. They are often worn by people who can’t wear a bulky set of hearing aids. This is because these hearing aids don’t actually go inside your ear as other models do, so there’s less chance of getting water or wax in them or damaging them when you’re swimming.
In the ear: These hearing aids sit right inside your ears, and they’re great if you have mild to moderate hearing loss because they work by amplifying sound directly into your ear canal with sound waves that bounce off your eardrum. As a result, you can pick up on soft sounds that would otherwise be too quiet.
How has technology helped with hearing impairment?
All of us have some degree of hearing loss. Hearing impairment can be caused by noise exposure, ear infections, aging, and other factors. It becomes troublesome when it becomes hard to listen to people talk or understand conversations in noisy environments or at home.
Believe it or not, the hearing aid is technology that we use to help with hearing impairment. They are used for hearing problems that cannot be corrected by using simple remedies like listening to music loudly or turning on the TV for company. They help with mild-to-moderate hearing impairment and age-related hearing problems like tinnitus (ringing in the ears). They work by amplifying sounds to travel more easily through the ear canal and into the inner ear.
How you can use hearing aids with a smartphone?
There are now technologies that can help people with hearing aids to use their smartphones without making the sound too loud for them or other people around them. Many apps have been developed for different purposes for this technology, such as amplifying speech in a noisy environment, giving directions in a busy street, or translating conversations into sign language. Many hearing aids come equipped with Bluetooth technology.
Apps that can be used with a hearing aid
There are a variety of applications that can be used with the hearing aid, whether you are using an iPhone or Android. These hearing aids connect to your phone, allowing you to make phone calls, listen to music, and others without a new intermediary device.
Depending on your smartphone application, you can also find your hearing aid if it’s lost, check battery status, and control hearing aid accessories – all through your phone.
Get in Touch
If you are interested in learning more about using your hearing aids with your smartphone, you can speak with an ENT doctor in your local area. You can also get in touch via phone to Vero ENT Associates by calling: (772) 408-9556