Q. Are the new high-tech, Bluetooth hearing aids too difficult to learn how to use?
A. New technology can be intimidating. The technology in the new, Bluetooth hearing aids is automatic. To hear better, you simply wear the hearing aids.
Newer hearing aids will make some adjustments automatically based on the type of sound environment you are in. When there’s a lot of noise, the hearing aids adjust. When you are talking with someone in ambient noise, the aids adjust themselves. When you receive a phone call from your smart phone, play music, or listen to a podcast, the audio will automatically come through the hearing aids.
Your hearing center should create customized settings and programs for your hearing aids. They should review the various options for more or fewer technical features. Many hearing centers provide good coaching and guidance to get you familiar with the features you want to use.
Some patients prefer to put their hearing aids on and forget about them. Others want to have their aids linked to their TV, stereo, phone, computer, and tablet. In all cases, properly programmed hearing aids provide more clarity and distinction, so hearing better is easier and more comfortable.
Call us at the Better Hearing Center of Austin at 512-282-4327 for a thorough, well explained ear check-up and hearing exam. You can listen to new hearing aids at your appointment. We provide 4-week hearing aid trials with follow-up appointments to fully try out hearing aids before a final purchase.
Saleem Assaf (BA – Rice, MBA – UT) is a native Dallas, Texan and a recipient of KVUE’s 2020 award for 5 Who Care and the Texas Hearing Aid Association’s 2018 Dispenser of the Year award. Outside his practice, Saleem volunteers for hearing healthcare in Austin and abroad. Since 2008, he has provided $178,000 in hearing aids to students at the Texas School for the Deaf.