Do hearing aids work with mobile phones and tablets?

We live in a world where making connections through mobile devices is really important and that’s especially true for hearing aid wearers. There’s lots of talk about connectivity but how do you know your hearing aids will work with your mobile phone or tablet?  Until quite recently, it was almost impossible to get hearing aids to work directly with mobile phones and tablets. This meant you had to remove your hearing aid to listen to music through an earbud or [...]

How much improvement can I expect with hearing aids?

Hearing loss is rapidly becoming epidemic and there’s a good chance it already affects you or someone you love. The good news is that hearing aids have been shown to benefit some 80% of those people with hearing loss. The question many people ask is just how much improvement can I expect with hearing aids? It’s hard to quantify exactly how much any one person will benefit from hearing aids because it depends on a number of factors including: Degree of [...]

I can hear—why do I need hearing aids?

Do you often ask yourself “why do people keep telling me I need hearing aids when I can hear”? It’s highly likely you have hearing loss and you’re not alone. Hearing loss is not only a normal part of the aging process but is increasingly a problem for young people too.  But many people with mild hearing loss refuse to get hearing aids and just live with the difficulties. In fact, researchers estimate that some 86% of Americans over the [...]

Common challenges adjusting to hearing aids

So, you need hearing aids and you’re wondering what are the common challenges that people face adjusting to hearing aids. Adapting to hearing aids does involve a learning curve and some people may find the process more challenging than others.  Parents of very young deaf children for example may face some unique challenges helping their children adapt. Likewise, the elderly or those who have put up with their hearing loss for a long time may also face some challenges. However, the [...]

Hearing loss and cognitive decline

There are very clear links between hearing loss and cognitive decline. Hearing loss also increases your likelihood of developing dementia or Alzheimer’s. Scientists are still not sure about how this connection works but a large number of studies support this conclusion. Cognitive decline is where a person’s memory and thinking skills deteriorate.  A certain degree of brain shrinkage appears to be a normal part of the aging process but there are a range of conditions and lifestyle choices that may [...]

How long do hearing aids last?

Modern technology is constantly transforming hearing aids and making them better and better. But as with any electronic device that offers so many technically advanced features, users want to know just how long their hearing aids will last? The answer depends on a range of factors including how well you maintain and look after your new hearing aids, how many hours a day you use them and the make and model. The short answer is, hearing aids, in most cases, [...]

Noise Induced Hearing Loss

We live in a world that is getting louder and it could be damaging your hearing. We are surrounded by noise at work, through personal entertainment devices (your own and other people’s), on the commute, at bars, restaurants and concerts. So just how loud is too loud for the health of your hearing? Research indicates that hazardous noise levels in the workplace are a problem for at least 30 million people in America each year and that 25% of those [...]

What is hearing aid connectivity?

The words, ‘hearing aid connectivity’ are bandied around a lot but what do they actually mean? We live in an ‘always on’ world where the ability to connect to technology is highly valued but what are the real world benefits for hearing aid users? In simple terms, hearing aid connectivity refers to the ability of your hearing aids to connect to other electronic devices such as smartphones or a TV. Not so long ago you used a cord to connect [...]

What is a lithium-ion rechargeable battery?

What is a lithium-ion rechargeable battery? Are they better than other battery types? What impact does this technology have on hearing aid development? And what does it mean for you as a hearing aid user? We explore the impact lithium-ion rechargeable battery technology is having on hearing aid development and what the advantages and disadvantages are for you. As with Smartphones, battery size, life and resilience have proven to be enormous challenges for hearing aid manufacturers and a bugbear for [...]

Do cheap hearing aids work?

The best modern hearing aids are packed with technically advanced features and innovative tools to enrich your life and daily communications. And, yes, some of the premium models can seem expensive. That’s why many people ask an obvious question. Do cheap hearing aids work? Are cheap hearing aids any good? Many people still believe the myth that hearing aids are overpriced but most reputable hearing manufacturers produce various hearing aid models with a range of prices to make them affordable. [...]