Hearing Aids: Modern Changes To Listening Devices In The 21st Century

Leon Bowman

Hearing aids have come a long way from the crude, in-ear trumpets of the early 1700s. In the 21st century, hearing aids are not only smaller, and more stylish, but also much more technologically advanced. In fact, modern innovations in hearing amplification have even helped people keep their jobs, when hearing loss might have otherwise rendered them incapable of performing their duties.  This article outlines three different ways hearings aids are changing the world for those who use them.

Helping You Stay Trendy & Fashionable

Hearing aids are much smaller these days, and as a result much less noticeable than in preceding decades. However, that they are also available in trendy, colorful patterns means that they are not only functional, but fashionable as well.

Designs include everything from standard polka-dot to leopard prints and even some abstract designs. Your local hearing aids supplier may have to special order these from a third party company, but you'll find that the joy of ditching those old, antiquated hearing aids is well worth the wait.

Faster Adjustments With Smartphone Integration

In 2015,  many hearing aids can be controlled with simple smartphone apps. These apps allow the user to not only control things like volume, but they can also transform hearing aids into headphones. Utilizing the device's existing components, these apps can wirelessly stream music on your smartphone right into your hearing aid.

Additionally, some devices have the ability to automatically change volume settings based on where you are. You can pre-program different settings that activate when your smartphone's GPS recognizes you are in a certain area, whether it's your gym, a park, or your own home. 

Saving Jobs & Protecting The Innocent

Hearing aids have also become something of a saving grace for law enforcement officials that might otherwise have been discharged from active duty. A recent ruling found that police officers should have the right to use hearing aids and still remain active, in lieu of the fact that existing laws protect the rights of officers who need corrective vision apparatuses, and even officers who are amputees.

When one considers the overall functionality of a deaf person compared to one who is blind or missing one or more limbs, it is simple to see how a hearing aid can all but eliminate a hearing impaired individual's "disability". In the end, hearing aids are helping those in law enforcement keep their jobs, and also ensuring that those hired to protect and serve are allowed to do so regardless of whether they need hearing amplification devices.

Not only are hearing aids, like those at Acute Hearing Inc, changing the way the hearing impaired stay in style, but recent innovations have also simplified the adjustment process with smartphone apps. Still, perhaps most importantly, hearing aids can now afford law enforcement the opportunity to keep their jobs and help ensure the protection of society.