Q: My hearing aids have helped me these past 6 years. I work in a AISD middle school office and have to hear students, parents, and teachers well in one-on-one and group meetings. What could new hearing aids do better than my current ones?
A: There are two key areas that differentiate your 6-year old hearing aids from new ones that are available now – auditory processing and accessory connectivity. Last week I discussed auditory processing.
Newer hearing aids use Bluetooth – a radio wave technology – to communicate with nearby devices like smart phones (both Android and iPhones), TV adapters, tablets, laptops, desktop computers, remote microphones, etc.
If listening to your phone is a struggle, Bluetooth hearing aids act like ear buds. The added benefit is that they also correct for your hearing loss to make calls, music, pod casts, and other audio from your smart phone that much clearer and easier to understand.
You can also use an iPhone as an extra microphone (like a third ear) to pick up voices better in meetings, at restaurants, from the back seat of the car, at lectures, during social gatherings, etc.
If you have trouble hearing your TV, a specialized TV adapter can wirelessly connect to Bluetooth hearing aids to make the dialog (even accents) more distinct and understandable.
Ready to hear better? Call us at the Better Hearing Center of Austin 512-282-4327 for a free assessment, ear check-up and hearing test. Listen to the newest hearing aids and find out what better hearing sounds like. We also provide 4-week, no-obligation trials.
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. Since 2008, he has purchased a multitude of hearing aids for students at the Texas School for the Deaf.