Hearing Aid Technology
There’s little doubt that technology has changed contemporary life for many people. For those individuals, from children to adults and seniors who suffer hearing loss, today’s hearing aids have come a long way from the 17th century “Ear Trumpets.”
Ear trumpets – tubular or funnel-shaped devices which collect sound waves and lead them into the ear, were used for strengthening the sound energy impact on the eardrum and thus providing better hearing for a deaf or hard-of-hearing individuals.
Ear trumpets were made of sheet metal, silver, wood, snail shells, or animal horns. Today’s hearing aids come in a variety of materials meaning that you have a wide range of options available to help with hearing loss. Hearing aids vary in style, size and level of technology. At Soundwave Hearing Care, your Audiologist or Hearing Aid Practitioner carefully makes recommendations for hearing aids by balancing your degree of hearing loss, lifestyle, personal goals, sound quality, cosmetics, and budget.
Hearing aids have advanced dramatically, even in just the last couple of years. They’re high-tech, tiny and discreet, easy-to-use, and perform far better than ever before. Modern digital hearing aids are as sleek, innovative, and leading-edge consumer electronic devices that are fitted and programmed to your individual hearing and lifestyle needs.
Hearing aids help in all the most common listening situations including:
- Feedback cancellation technology – a common technology feature, helps eliminate unwanted squealing from your hearing aids when the conversation gets really close. Technology offers dynamic sound processing, managing multiple speakers and noise sources so you can focus on a conversation while staying attentive to people and things around you.
- Wireless streaming with Bluetooth-enabled hearing aids – sound comes directly from the TV into your hearing aids at volumes just right for you. Friends and family can control the TV volume according to their own needs.
- Adaptive directional microphone technology lets you be part of the family conversation.
- Advanced speech processing and noise reduction technologies work together to help you focus your attention on whoever is telling a great story.
Even outdoors – advanced noise reduction technology helps dim background noise when you’re playing. Research also shows that hearing aids alone often reduce the annoyance associated with tinnitus for most people.
Involvement by a hearing healthcare professional means you get maximum benefit from the latest in hearing aid technologies, and at Soundwave Hearing Care, we take time to see the whole person, not just the hearing. Plus, you get personal coaching and follow-up visits that are invaluable in helping you make the most of your hearing aids.
To learn about the newest generation of hearing aids, and reconnect with the day-to-day joys of living, contact Soundwave Hearing Care in Calgary at 403-270-7425, High River at 403-270-7425, Grande Prairie (Service en fran’e7ais) at 780-538-2744 and in Lethbridge toll free at 1-866-402-5552 today to schedule an appointment.
All the blogs are reviewed and edited by our clinic's lead audiologist, Dr. Anne Wooliams. Dr. Woolliams is an experienced audiologist specialized in pediatric audiology, auditory processing, and tinnitus/sound sensitivity therapy. She is dedicated to providing top-notch hearing care and helping her clients improve their language and communication abilities. Dr. Woolliams' expertise in literature and linguistics, combined with her passion for helping people improve their language and communication, make her an incredibly valuable asset in the field of audiology. Learn more about Dr. Woolliams.