For many people, innovations and hearing aid technology are not phrases that fit naturally together. However, for anyone who uses a hearing aid, it’s comforting to know that the industry is advancing and evolving just as much as any technology sector, bringing about increases in efficiency and offering users additional features. Here are some of the biggest innovations in hearing aid technology that 2018 has brought us so far.
1. OVP (own voice processing)
A revolutionary new feature of hearing aids is OVP, which allows the user to hear their own voice differently from everything else. By using a completely separate computer system which is dedicated to adapting and modulating the user’s own voice, it reduces the sound and quality problems that often come with users hearing their own speech. In addition, it means that those hearing aid users who would have traditionally been fitted with open dome aids can now be fitted with closed domes instead, without any auditory occlusion being caused.
2. Real-time care
As with everything, hearing aids are moving into the digital world, and a great new innovation is remote assistance and real-time care. For users who are experiencing a problem with their digital hearing aid, some companies provide real-time care through the use of an app, which can be downloaded straight onto a tablet or smartphone. This means that you or your remote audiologist can make changes to the features and settings of your hearing aid via the app, solving the problem quickly and easily, without the need to visit your audiology clinic for a minor adjustment.
3. Rechargeable hearing aids
While rechargeable hearing aids have existed previously, their capabilities were limited, with a short battery life. They were also usually only available with certain types of hearing devices, usually a receiver in canal hearing aids. However, this year has brought about a huge increase in the amount of lithium ion rechargeable hearing aids so that most aids now have the rechargeable option. A further development soon scheduled for release is Fuel Cell technology which means that aids will only need to be charged for minutes and yet will last for hours.
Innovations in hearing aid technology – where to find out more
Please see our “Hearing Aid Types” page for an idea of how we can help you. For a full hearing assessment or just some advice on solutions that would suit your hearing and your lifestyle, please contact us.
Attend our technology days – November 2018
We are holding two technology days to showcase the latest launches by all the leading hearing aid manufacturers. There will be a mini exhibition open to the public to show just how far innovations in hearing aid technology have progressed. See and feel the latest models and find out how they can enhance your hearing better than ever. Combined with this, there will be a series of talks on each day which will give you an insight into future technology that is almost hard to believe, from aids that will translate from a foreign language to devices that will link with apps to monitor your health. To find out more, see our Technology Days announcement.