Did you know that Thomas Edison was hard of hearing? He created a device that could amplify electric signal, making telephone conversations louder. Some would call that the very first modern hearing aid, as it used technology to amplify sound rather than just acoustics.
The twentieth century brought new inventions to the hearing aid industry. Since the 1990s, we have DSP – digital signal processing. Your digital hearing aid comes with a microchip. It has an algorithm that helps distinguish speech from unimportant noise.
But there’s still a lot of room for improvement. What will the future bring?
• Better Sound Processing
If you have used hearing aids before, you might know that they don’t always amplify the right sounds. Self-teaching technology could improve these algorithms significantly.
In the future, you will be able to have clearer phone conversations, as hearing aids will connect smoothly to all kinds of tech. Your enjoyment of music and movies will grow too.
• Better Battery Power
Limited battery power can be a huge inconvenience. Solar power may be one solution to this issue.
• More Convenient Design
Statistics say that two-thirds of people who need hearing aids simply do not use them. One solution to this problem is to make sleeker, more elegant hearing aids.
Some companies offer hearing aids in the form of jewelry. They can even get built into the frames of your glasses. Additionally, hearing aid designs keep getting smaller and more discreet.
It is definitely a good idea to keep an eye out for new inventions in the hearing aid industry. Hearing aids are becoming more efficient, more comfortable and easier to maintain.
If you use a hearing aid, might want to switch to a new model once every few years. After all, hearing aids should follow your changing needs, and you might discover new solutions to old issues.