By Joanna Capobianco, Au.D. and Courtney Parmley, Au.D., Audiologists at Central Illinois Hearing & Balance Center
When you think of hearing aids, what are the first words that come to mind? Many people think of “grandpa’s hearing aids” and describe them as not working, spending time in the bedroom drawer and constantly buzzing, chirping, and whistling. That is not the case with hearing aids any longer. New technological advances have revolutionized hearing aids in recent years making them smaller and more sophisticated than ever before. Many are virtually invisible, sitting discreetly and comfortably inside the ear canal or behind the ear. In the past, hearing aid users would need to push a button to change programs for different listening situations. Now hearing aids will sense changes in the environment and automatically adjust the sound for optimal benefit for the user. Best of all, many hearing aids are wireless, so you can stream sound from your smartphones, home entertainment systems, and other electronics directly into your hearing aids at volumes just right for you.
There are different levels of digital technology, ranging from entry-level circuitry to high-end technology. When considering hearing aids, it is important to make an appointment and talk with an audiologist regarding your hearing needs and expectations. An audiologist will be able to explain the difference in technology levels and make recommendations for hearing aids that will fit your hearing loss, listening demands, and individual preferences. Are you someone who likes technology and always has the latest gadget? Then maybe a set of hearing aids that can be controlled from your iPhone would be of interest to you. Are you someone who is working out in the elements all day with dirt, dust, and the occasional rain? Then maybe a set of waterproof, shock absorbent hearing aids would best fit your needs.
When considering hearing aids, it is important to keep an open mind. Everyone has such different experiences with hearing aids for a variety of reasons — some positive and some negative. Your audiologist will work with you to answer all of your questions and will work to make this a smooth process and transition in your life.
So let’s leave the buzzing, chirping, and whistling to the birds (and not the hearing aids).
If you would like to learn more about hearing aids and technology, make an appointment with Dr. Capobianco or Dr. Parmley, the audiologists with the Central Illinois Hearing and Balance Center. They are located at 808 S. Eldorado Rd, Suite 2W and may be reached at 309-661-0232.Back to Top
March 01, 2016
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