New Hearing Aids: Smaller And Better

by | Oct 31, 2013 | news

New Hearing Aids: Smaller And Better

Even though almost 30 million Americans over the age of 50 suffer from hearing loss, there is still an old stigma associated with hearing aids. As a result, only 15 percent of those Americans with hearing loss are wearing hearing aids.

Not Your Grandmother’s Hearing Aid

When people think of hearing aids, they think of the clunky, unworkable contraptions their grandmothers used to wear. They think of the devices as just making things louder, and making people look older. These misconceptions have stopped many people from visiting an audiologist for a hearing evaluation and to get fitted for hearing aids, but this myth of the old hearing aids is just that – a myth.

Better Clarity Of Sound

These days, hearing aids are completely different from what you might imagine. They are very small, very discreet, and the technology has improved greatly so that they don’t just make everything louder, but they provide better clarity and volume control to improve your hearing in the way that you need.

Hear Better At Work

These days, people are staying the workforce longer, and their hearing becomes vital to them being able to earn a living. Not being able to hear clearly in a meeting, on the phone, or even around the water cooler may compromise a person’s ability to be effective in the workplace.

A Happier Social Life

Don’t forget about your social life! Baby Boomers are dating in record numbers these days – 1 in 3 baby boomers are in new relationships. Being able to hear properly is important in developing and growing these new relationships, and boomers feel more confident with the hearing aids on the market today – they work very well, and are extremely discreet. Whether you’re in a new relationship or nurturing your long-term love, communication is key. And if you can’t hear properly, you may be adding stress to both of your lives.

Pure Sound

People who wear hearing aids need to have a good signal-to-noise ratio – that means that they need whatever they’re listening to to have as pure a sound as possible. Many new hearing aids on the market have wireless capability. This eliminates the echo that can often get in the way of clear hearing.

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Dr. Ana Anzola, CCC-A, FAAA, ABA Principal

Dr. Anzola received her Doctorate degree in Audiology (AuD) from the Arizona School of Health Sciences, and her Master’s Degree in Audiology and her Bachelor's Degree in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology from Towson University. She has been a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) since 1995, board-certified by the American Board of Audiology (ABA), and certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

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