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Benefits of Hearing Aids

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I've been at HSL 18 years and in that time, technology has grown in leaps and bounds! Think back....How many cell phones have you had in the past few years? How have they changed since the first phone you owned? Hearing aids have changed in similar ways.

In the past several years, hearing aid technology has gone through a radical transformation. Today’s hearing aids are state-of-the-art, highly effective, sleek, and sophisticated wearable electronics that can help people stay actively engaged on the job and in life. They are digital, wireless, can connect directly to smartphones and other electronic devices, and can be as discreet or as visible as the user likes. Today’s hearing aids are all about active lifestyles—they’re ageless.

Below are some little-known facts about hearing aids that all people should know. Although each hearing aid model offers different features, those listed below are on the market and are available to people who want them.

  1. They’re virtually invisible. Many of today’s hearing aids sit discreetly and comfortably inside the ear canal, providing both natural sound quality, and discreet and easy use.
  2. They automatically adjust to all kinds of soundscapes. Whether you want audibility on a conference call, the ability to hear the audio prompt on machinery or a computer, or ease in discerning conversation at a client luncheon, recent technological advances have made hearing aids far more versatile than ever before—and in a broad range of sound environments.
  3. Water, sweat, and dust are no problem while wearing them. Waterproof, digital hearing aids have arrived. This new feature is built into some newly designed hearing aids for those concerned about water, humidity, and dust. This feature suits people who work in demanding environments, as well as those with active lifestyles—like swimmers, skiers, and sports enthusiasts.
  4. They love smartphones, computers, and other prized electronics. Wireless, digital hearing aids are now the norm. That means seamless connectivity—from smartphones, MP3 players, computers, FM systems, televisions, and other beloved high-tech gadgets—directly into the hearing aid(s) at volumes just right for the user.

So, if you or someone you know, might be struggling with hearing loss, today's hearing aids are worth checking out!

Learn more about the audiology clinic at Hebrew SeniorLife by clicking here.

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Clinical Supervisor, Audiology at Hebrew SeniorLife

Audiologist Leesa Burke, MA, FAAA, is a Fellow in the American Academy of Audiology and a member of the Massachusetts Speech, Language and Hearing Association. Her special areas of interest include rehabilitative audiology, assistive listening devices and counseling for the hearing impaired and their families. Ms. Burke has been featured in the Boston Globe's Senior Set on hearing loss.

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