Technology and lifestyle affect your choice
Hearing aid sizes range from completely in the ear (ITE) to behind the ear (BTE).
Due to wear and tear, exposure to cerumen and the temperature in the ear canal, ITE aids usually perform for 5-7 years. BTE hearing aids last longer needing minor modifications due to the ear growing slightly over time. Technology and multiple microphones have improved a patient’s ability to localize and lateralize multiple sound sources in any size of hearing aid. This makes selecting the size more of a cosmetic decision, than aerodynamic need to place the microphone at the point of the concha.
Bluetooth smartphone integration and other modern features fit seamlessly into daily life
Today’s hearing aids have a variety of technological enhancements such as Bluetooth support for iPhone and Android. The Remote Plus app (for Unitron) allows users to adjust volume, change programs, and adjust the balance of their hearing aid — all from their smartphone. You can even stream calls right through your hearing instrument!
The TV Connector accessory works with laptops, tablets, TVs and stereos can allow users to enjoy high-quality stereo sound through their hearing aid. Rechargeable batteries and remote accessories further enhance convenience.
The level of technology depends on the patient’s hearing loss, listening needs, situation, and expectations
Just 20 years ago most hearing aids were simply analog. If the single microphone received a sound, whether speech or the refrigerator running the hearing aid amplified it and created the complaint that hearing aids are “noisy”. When a patient has an active lifestyle with even moderately challenging listening situations, they perform better with more advanced technology. It provides them with higher fidelity, a multiple band signal processing system, multi-channel compression and other features for a comfortable, pleasant listening experience.