Did you know that approximately 15% of adults in America have reported having trouble hearing properly? This means that almost 37.5 million people across the nation have struggled to have a conversation or have had to ask people to repeat themselves. It is the third most common physical condition, after heart disease and arthritis, and can affect people of all ages. Though it is nothing to be embarrassed over, it is common to get flustered or annoyed at hearing loss and this can lead to people trying to avoid being in a social setting altogether.
Sadly, according to the Better Hearing Institute, a majority of people wait an average of fifteen years from the time they first acknowledge their hearing loss to the point they actually purchase a hearing aid. Though some people defer from purchasing a hearing aid because of the cost, many people do so because of the stigma that hearing aids are for the elderly and that theyâ€™re bulky and noticeable. We are glad to share that this is no longer the case and that with current advances in technology and style, many hearing aids are discreet, sleek, and comfortable while also being highly effective. Here are some facts about todayâ€™s modern hearing aids:
Hearing aids are personalized to the user and go beyond just being fitted to form. They sit inside your ear canal comfortably and are barely noticeable to the people around you.
Whether youâ€™re a cautious grandparent, party-going trendsetter, or a combination of the two, thereâ€™s definitely a hearing aid that is right for you. Manufacturers now work with state-of-the-art tech companies as well as designers to produce fashion-conscious hearing aids which are extremely user friendly.
You no longer have to control the volume and setting manually. Many of the latest hearing aids are extremely versatile and will automatically adjust to your surroundings no matter if youâ€™re in a quiet staff meeting or a crowded restaurant.
Waterproof digital hearing aids may seem like a thing of the future but they are in fact readily available right this minute. You no longer have to worry about dust, sweat, water, or humidity when using your device. This is perfect for those with active lifestyles and enjoy activities such as swimming or skiing.
One of the worst aspects of older models of hearing aids is the fact that you have to carry and replace the small batteries suddenly, with no prior warning. Now you donâ€™t have to worry about that at all. Newly-designed hearing aids have rechargeable features allowing you to easily charge them at night and have them reading waiting for you to face the day in the morning.
So, what does being technology-friendly mean exactly? This means that your hearing aid could directly connect to other devices you use every day such as smartphones, televisions, MP3 players, computers, and more. You can watch your favorite TV show or listen to your favorite song directly through your hearing aid at just the right volume.
Honestly, no one wants to accept hearing loss and it doesnâ€™t help that itâ€™s a problem that many can avoid facing for years. Unfortunately, the longer you put it off, the bigger the problem can get.
With all of these advances in hearing aid technology, thereâ€™s absolutely no reason to continue struggling to hear your family, friends, coworkers, favorite songs and movies, or natureâ€™s noises - especially if your main reason for avoiding them was the very obvious design of older models. So, donâ€™t isolate yourself, instead embrace your hearing loss and face the world with the confidence that new hearing aids could give you.