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Modern Advancements in Hearing Aid Technology

Published 06-08-2019
Last Updated 09-08-2019

It's not uncommon for someone choosing a hearing aid to opt for one that's a bit more concealable. Manufacturers have responded by making their devices more discreet and nearly invisible in some cases. Here are some prime examples of nearly invisible hearing aid technology.
Research shows that 90-95% of individuals with hearing loss receive a marked improvement in their hearing ability and general quality of life. Luckily, the days of clunky, catch-all hearing amplifiers that hang over the back of the ears are fading fast! The market has spoken and discreet digital hearing aids are here to stay. 

Others stand on the other side of the matter and inject some personality into their hearing devices with subtle touches like colors, hearing aid charms, or logos of a wearer’s favorite sports team. 

Musicians have been wearing earpieces for years to help them hone in on specific layers of their music during a performance. Just like hearing aids, these are custom-fit to the wearer’s ear using impressions made by an audiologist. 

People have integrated wearable technology in ways that were once never thought possible. Devices like a bicycle helmet that logs mileage and calories burned, a super-computer wristwatch, or fitness tracking jewelry. It is remarkable how much data and functionality we can now store on a portable device. 

This miniaturization trend, common to wearable devices was the catalyst that enabled inventors to create smaller and smaller hearing aids. The aim was to reduce the size of a given technology and make it more user-friendly. For the average hearing aid user, that means more choice and availability. For devices that rest outside the ear, clear tubing (now thinner than ever) is only visible upon closer inspection. For devices that rest in the ear, long-use batteries reduce the amount of time spent worrying about power.   

The hearing aid has helped pave the way for wearable tech in other industries, and now it too has evolved to accommodate a more active lifestyle. Hearing loss is no longer a prerequisite for wanting a hearing device, all you need is the desire for your best sound. 

Currently, there exist three general hearing aid sizes: the BTE, the RIC, and the ITE. Learn more about the different styles of hearing aids here