Bluetooth Hearing Aids: A New Device made for the People with Hearing Impairments

Nowadays, technologies transform into more convenient way that help the people to have a comfortable and easy life. These are the technologies made by the creative minds of the scientists, inventors or even an average person who experimented and discovered new ideas that is put into actions producing new devices or gadgets which are essential to all especially to its target audience.

This Bluetooth hearing aid from ReSound pairs with a variety of mobile devices, including the Apple Watch. Credit: ReSound

This Bluetooth hearing aid from ReSound pairs with a variety of mobile devices, including the Apple Watch.
Credit: ReSound

“Hearing aids are changing the way that people with hearing impairments live in the digital age” researchers say. It is a small discreet and often Bluetooth-enabled, the new generation of hearing aids look more like something out of a spy movie than a doctor’s office, bluetooth hearing aid is a device that can connect wirelessly with smartphones, allowing a person to hear a phone conversation directly through his or her hearing aid without needing to hold the phone near the ear. The same thing goes for listening to music or watching television; instead of listening using headphones, users with bluetooth hearing aid can just simply pair their devices directly with smartphones, TVs and computers.

It can also be paired with tiny, clip-on microphones or what they call “roger pen”, which come in handy in large or noisy venues, like busy restaurants or places of worship, by placing the roger pen near a person who’s speaking, a person with a compatible hearing aid can pick up voices without having to ask the speaker to clip on a microphone aid. Hearing-aid manufacturers also make necklace like devices embedded with microphones that a person with hearing impairments can wear under his or her shirt. These allow for hands free cellphone conversations (no need to hold the phone up to your mouth when you speak).

According to Kohan “Hearing loss is devastating for everybody, but more so for the elderly,” They need to be able to communicate in an environment that sometimes is not optimal, for example a restaurant with their families, or with grandchildren who have squeaky, high-pitched voices. All of that is really important.”

Louise Levy, chief audiologist of the Baby Face Foundation, a nonprofit organization in New York City said that “This device was made for all but most especially to the people like the elders who have hearing impairments to have greater control over their environment” wherein she believed that hearing clearly isn’t just important for people with hearing impairments; it’s also important for their friends and family members for it can tighten the relationship they have by understanding each other.

Numerous studies have linked hearing loss in elderly patients with feelings of isolation and rapid declines in mental health, Kohan said. It’s possible that technologies that allow better hearing could help keep those negative effects of hearing loss by increasing a person’s feeling of connectedness with family and friends. The technologies also expand the opportunities that a person with hearing loss has to spend time with other, he added.

One of the big challenges in Levys Job is helping patients decide how to address their various hearing impairments. Increasingly, she’s been recommending that her patients who need hearing aids give the Bluetooth versions a try. She said it’s easy for her to convince younger patients that “smart” hearing aids are the way to go because they are more expose on smartphones but it’s difficult for Levy to convince older patients who will most likely benefit from the most high-tech hearing aids on the market and also for patients who aren’t confident with mobile technology. Levy explained that there is other way round because Bluetooth hearing aids also come with remote controls, which have larger buttons that might be easier to see and manipulate than those on a cellphone which is more applicable to them.

“There’s never been a better time to be hearing impaired, because there’s so much technology out there, and it’s only going to get better and better,” Levy added.

References:

http://www.livescience.com/51590-hearing-loss-tech.html

 

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