New hearing aid technology is now able to show us what environments people are in, and log the amount of time they are in different environments.
This is important for us to get an idea of what types of sounds people are around, how much time they spend around speech vs. noise vs. music. With that information we can make adjustments to the hearing aids to be more adaptable to the person’s needs. With the new data-logging capabilities, it also helps us to determine if the level of technology is able to meet the person’s needs and if a better technology is necessary, the hearing aid circuitry can be upgraded to accommodate and improve the person’s hearing. Other new technology that is available is the ability to make changes to a person’s hearing aid remotely with the use of a smart phone. The Audiologist can receive a message from a person’s phone app and the audiologist can make changes to the software, save it and send it back to the person’s app on their phone, which then will download it to the hearing aids. With the use of Bluetooth technology integrating into the hearing aid industry, new accessibility and app features are able to expand a person’s hearing aids to be able to use just like wireless earbuds for phone calls, playing music, watching videos, and live chatting with family all while hearing the sounds through the hearing aids.
Thank you Amy!
Wow, this is a great article!! I couldn’t have done better myself. 😉
Well said Amy! Well said…:)
Very nice Amy.
I thought so as well Gail!
Very nice Dr. Amy
I use data logging on all of my patients, new users and ones that have been wearing them for 20 + years! It gives us so much more information on patient preferences so that we can program the devices more precisely for the patient.
Great points Kristie! Yes, the data logging is so helpful and it is such a great education piece to talk about with the patient.
Amy, I really liked this article as it shows such an importance to new digital technology and how this allows us to help the patient. We learn so much from the information gathered on the hearing aids! Great educational tool for us and the patient to talk about.