Hearing aids are changing from simple amplification devices to hearables, devices that can turn on coffee makers and translate languages.
It all started when the Over the Counter Hearing Aid Act forced the FDA to create a new designation for hearing aids, allowing people with mild to moderate hearing loss buy a hearing aid off the shelf in stores, without having to see a medial professional. Today, people can go online and buy a smartphone compatible hearing aid on sites like Amazon, saving money while having a wide selection of devices.
This allowed companies like Samsung and Bose to enter the market; but these companies didn’t stop at sound amplification. Oticon introduced the first smart hearing aids in 2017. They solved a problem that has always been a problem for people wearing hearing aids; Oticon’s hearing aids can clock certain sounds out while focusing on only one sound, such as a person speaking to them where is a large amount of background noise. Oticons’s devices can connect to any smart device using the company’s app. Your hearing aid can have the doorbell ring directly on your ear or hear only the smoke alarm, so you can block out all other noises.
Hearables can be matched to skin tone, but like any other high tech device; they come in metallic colors and which is ideal for young people with hearing loss. The hearables look like ear buds and other tech if a person is willing to splurge. Teenagers who would rather miss hearing the teacher or their friends are much more likely to wear a hearing aid that didn’t look like a hearing aid, especially if is a smart device. Seniors who might have trouble using the company’s app on their smartphone generally have the option of using a remote-like device with larger buttons instead.