Q. While doing my job from home these past few Covid-19 weeks, my colleagues and I conduct more conference calls and video calls than we ever did before. The hearing problems I had in live meetings are much, much worse in virtual meetings. Is there a hearing aid that can help me in video and conference calls?
A. Working at home is highlighting more and more issues people with hearing loss have in virtual meetings that depend upon on hearing well during conference calls and video calls.
Most new, advanced hearing aids use Bluetooth connectivity to link with smart phones, tablets, laptops, desktop computers, TV adapters, etc. When you participate in a virtual meeting, the audio is transmitted directly into both hearing aids. It is similar to ear buds and headphones. However, hearing aids also do a great deal more than simply make the conversation louder.
When you use properly programmed, advanced hearing aids, they are able to microscopically enhance the tiny parts of speech you would normally miss. Think of your hearing like a street with potholes. The potholes in your hearing means you miss or mishear phrases and words. It may seem like people talk too fast or mumble their words. It becomes much harder to understand accents, too.
Hearing aids fill in those potholes. This makes speech much easier to hear, clearer, and understandable. It seems like people are talking slower and pronouncing words more distinctly. With the potholes filled in, you hear more smoothly with less effort.
Call us at the Better Hearing Center of Austin for an appointment. We will resume in-office appointments once the Austin-area has lifted the shelter-in-place request. Once we re-open, get your hearing tested and listen to the newest hearing aids. We provide coaching and adjustments during a 4-week hearing aid trial so patients can fully test out hearing aids before making a 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.