The Most Important Hearing Aid Technologies in 2018.
There have been a number of technological updates recently in the hearing aid world and it can be hard to keep up. We have collected a list of the most important developments in recent months and have listed a summary below. Should you have any specific questions about these features or the associated hearing instruments, please call us at 314-835-9996.
We have listed the most important hearing aid features in 2018 as:
- Rechargeability (rechargeable hearing aid batteries)
- Machine Learning
- Direct Android Streaming
Rechargeable Hearing Aids
Rechargeable hearing aids have been on the market for almost 10 years, but only recently have all of the manufacturers jumped on board. With advancements in lithium-ion technology, rechargeable hearing aid options have increased dramatically. The following is a list of some of the hearing aids that have a rechargeable option:
Machine Learning Hearing Aids
Widex recently announced its new Widex Evoke hearing aid line. One of the features of the Evoke hearing aid is that is has machine learning capabilities. This means that the hearing devices will learn and adapt to their user and environment over time. We look forward to learning more about these new hearing aids and are excited about the benefits this new development will bring.
Made-for-iPhone Hearing Aids
ReSound LiNX and Starkey Halo began as the first two made-for-iPhone hearing aids. Now the Oticon OPN, Widex Beyond, Widex Evolve and Signia NX hearing aids have followed. These hearing aids allow for direct streaming of audio and phone calls to the hearing aids. This increases the connectivity options for wearers and makes the hearing devices more convenient to use in everyday life.
Direct Connection to Android
For years, Android wearers have been forced to wear a ‘streamer’ to connect their hearing aids (via bluetooth) to their smartphones. The new B-Direct, Charge & Go and Moxi All devices allow for a direct connection to your Android smartphone. With Android still making up most of the smartphone market, this new feature will open up a new level of convenience for many hearing aid wearers.
As you can see, there are many new hearing aid features on the market today. When looking for new hearing aids, it is important to consider all of the potential features and match them against your hearing loss, lifestyle and budget. To learn more about what might work best for you and your lifestyle, reach out to Greentree Audiology in St. Louis Missouri.