Audiologist Amy White discusses the best hearing aid features rolling into 2019, including Bluetooth compatibility, machine learning, rechargeability and remote smartphone apps. She discusses how these new features will affect patients and how they may be changing for the better. Watch the video to learn more.
Hi, this is Dr. Amy White, Audiologist at Elk Grove Hearing Care, and today I’m here to talk to you about the best hearing aid features leading into 2019. Hearing aids have had some really great upgrades this last year, and the best of those are what I’m going to talk about right now.
Number one: Bluetooth for all. As you may have seen on a previous video about the Phonak Marvel, we now have hearing aids that can wirelessly connect to all Bluetooth devices, not just Apple, not just cellphones, not just laptops. Anything you have that has Bluetooth can be connected to these hearing aids and allow for awesome streaming of sound into both ears. Very cool feature, all new in 2018 and rolling into 2019.
Number two: Machine learning. Some manufacturers such as Widex have started to use a lot of strategies to try and manipulate the hearing aids per each environment that you’re in. What this means is if something doesn’t sound good with your hearing aids, you can go into an app, for example, and do a comparison between different types of sounds and have the hearing aids change into the sound quality that you prefer. The hearing aid learns your preferences over time so that your programming of your hearing aid actually changes to be suited specifically to you. Machine learning is a new feature in a lot of products coming out also in 2019.
The third neatest feature rolling into 2019 is rechargeability as a hearing aid option for almost all devices. Most of them still use a rechargeable zinc battery, which we have found to be not quite as reliable as the lithium-ion built-in rechargeable batteries. Both Resound and Phonak right now have an excellent rechargeable option using the built-in lithium-ion rechargeable battery, and our patients seem to really enjoy having that convenience of not having to replace batteries all the time and worry about turning off their hearing aids at night.
The fourth cool feature rolling into 2019 is all the different options we have through using apps on our phone to control the hearing aids. Whether that be to enact things such as machine learning or adjusting the volume or adjusting how loud your TV sounds or your cellphone sounds while streaming through your hearing aids. Apps on cellphones have really opened up significant ability for patients to control what their hearing aids are doing at any given time. If that doesn’t appeal to you, not to worry; hearing aids still have their great automatic features, where you don’t have to mess with them at all, but if you’re someone that likes to be able to adjust your hearing aids and have control, apps now with hearing aids have really opened up the world for that.
If you’re interested in learning more about any of these new features rolling into 2019, don’t forget to come here to Elk Grove Hearing Care and learn more.