The Top Six Advancements in Hearing Aid Technology Over the Past Decade

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The hearing aid industry moves fast: From Bluetooth to Motion Sensor technology and the first 100% waterproof hearing aids, the 2010s have been nothing short of surprises for hearing aid wearers. 

Tag along as we explore the most significant advancements in hearing aid technology over the past decade! 

Hearing Aid Advancements in the Past Decade

These are the six most significant hearing aid advancements we’ve seen since 2011 – and can’t live without today! 

  • Use Bluetooth Connectivity for Smart Phones, TVs and Other Devices

Where would we be without Bluetooth? Say goodbye to wireless keyboards, printing, fitness tracking and pretty much anything you do with your phone these days. 

Whilst the first Bluetooth tech entered our lives about two decades ago, the hearing aid industry wouldn’t catch up until years later. 

The first Bluetooth hearing aid was debuted in 2005 by Starkey. However, even then, it was an additional module that had to be plugged into the bottom of a standard, compatible hearing device. 

It took a decade and many iterations to get to where we are today: Hearing aid companies finally follow suit and incorporate wireless connectivity into their fresh-out-of-the-box devices. 

For you, that means streaming audio information from a phone, laptop or television directly to your hearing aid. No cables, no headphones over hearing aids or other nonsense.

Note: Not all hearing aids currently feature Bluetooth. To save costs and make hearing devices more affordable, some manufacturers offer entry-level devices without the technology. 

If you feel a little lost, your EarDeals hearing aid brokers can help determine if Bluetooth technology would improve your life and enhance your hearing experience. 

Our team can also help you determine whether or not the hearing aid of your choice will be compatible with your smartphone and other devices (such as your TV). 

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  • Control Hearing Aids Via a Self Adjustment App

If you’ve obtained your first hearing aids a few years back, you probably still remember how tedious it used to be having to see your audiologist for every minor issue you had with your hearing aids.

It wasn’t until five or six years ago that hearing aid technology would integrate with your iPhone or Android Smartphone and major hearing aid manufacturers developed apps that would allow you to adjust your hearing aids yourself easily. 

Powered by Bluetooth Connectivity, hearing aid apps are arguably one of the most important technological advancements in hearing aids since Oticon’s development of the world’s first digital hearing device in 1995.

Since we’ve seen the first applications made it onto the market in 2014, apps have only gotten easier to use and more efficient.

Now, you can do almost anything, all from the convenience of your smartphone and home. Whether you just want to change volume settings quickly, check battery status, or schedule remote maintenance with your audiologist. 

These apps were designed to help you get the most out of your hearing aids, no matter where you are. In return, they can also make you feel more in control of your hearing and help you get accustomed to life with hearing aids faster. 

  • Motion Sensor Hearing Technology

If you’re suffering from hearing loss, you know all too well how challenging it is to have a conversation in a noisy place. 

In the past, it didn’t make much of a difference whether you were wearing hearing aids or not. But, as a hearing aid wearer, you’d still largely depend on visual cues to follow a conversation. 

That was until hearing aid manufacturers began to use motion sensor technology to 

improve signal processing and increase the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). 

A game-changer for every hearing aid wearer that regularly finds themselves in a lot of background noise! 

Phonak hearing aids, for example, adjust their signal processing to emphasise sounds from one side when it is beneficial. This helps you, the hearing aid wearer, in conversations with a lot of environmental noise. 

In addition, the Motion Sensor Hearing in Phonak’s Audéo Paradise rechargeable hearing aids detects when you are walking versus standing still. 

Suppose you were strolling along a busy street with your partner. In that case, your hearing aids would drown out the sounds of passing cars and zoom in on your partner, allowing you to engage in conversation. Phonak hearing aids

  • Your Hearing Aids are Becoming Smaller in Size

The past decade has not just brought improvements in hearing aid technology. It has also given us smaller and nearly invisible hearing aids.

Just because you’re wearing a hearing aid, you might not always want people to know you are. Nowadays, you can wear your hearing aids discreetly and with confidence.

Due to their size, many of these small hearing devices are more suitable for mild to moderate hearing loss, but we expect to see this change over the next few years. 

  • Rechargeable Hearing Aids to Charge and go

Over the past years, we have witnessed hearing aid manufacturers introduce a wide range of rechargeable models. Most hearing devices released in 2021 were offered rechargeable options that impress with increased battery life and on-the-go charging features. 

Charging cases, just like the ones you’re already using for your AirPods, are the latest innovation. Allowing you to charge your hearing aids whenever you don’t need them is a significant improvement in convenience and flexibility.

And hearing aid manufacturers, it appears, are onto something: According to recent figures, 89 per cent of consumers with hearing aids use disposable batteries, but 70 per cent of which would prefer rechargeable technology.

If this is you, your chances of getting your hands on high-tech, rechargeable hearing aids have never been better. 

There are now more rechargeable options than ever, so ditch fiddly batteries and contact the hearing aid brokers at EarDeals for the best prices on the latest rechargeable hearing aids.  

  • Brand New: Water-Resistant Hearing Aids

Moisture has traditionally been one of the biggest worries for hearing aid wearers. In the past, the tiniest bit of water could wreak havoc on sophisticated electronics. 

Naturally, increased water resistance moved into the focus a few years ago, resulting in hearing aids with improved reliability and durability – even under tough conditions. 

The most recent success story: Phonak’s release of the world’s first rechargeable and 100 per cent waterproof hearing aids, the Phonak Audéo Life

We expect this recent development to open the door to a range of new waterproof releases from other manufacturers over the next few years. 

Which is a win for all hearing aid users!

Keen to learn more about the latest in hearing aid technology? Visit our website to stay up to date! 

If you’ve got your eyes on a particular device, EarDeals hearing aid brokers are here to broker you a better deal.

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