Recall how the fascinating new future technology was going to take civilization into the “world of tomorrow”? A “golden age” of technology is here now and that includes contemporary hearing aids.
Today, lots of hearing aid designs have the capability of connecting directly to your TV, computer, or smartphone. This will put the sound of these devices directly in your ears so others around you will feel more comfortable and won’t have to ask you to turn down the volume.
While these technological attributes are ideal for entertainment applications, some hearing aid users find the features too difficult and frequently don’t activate them. This could be an expensive mistake.
Improved Connectivity Brings Another Layer of Security
According to the Fire Protection Research Foundation, a substantial number of people older than 50 are unable to hear their smoke alarms. Are you able to hear your smoke alarm from any room in your home?? Even when you have hearing aids, this can be a concern. Luckily, this life threatening risk is already being reduced by new technology.
The public is gaining access to new devices that are being developed every year. New hearing aids have the ability to connect to fire alarms that are a component of your smart home setup. This means you’ll be able to hear the alarm wherever you are in your house. It works in basically the same way as connecting your phone to any other smart technology. One difference, however, is that when you link up your hearing aids to your smoke alarms, it could save your life.
Hearing Aids Can Connect to Wi-Fi Doorbells
In addition to enhancing safety, there is great entertainment value in connecting your hearing aid to multiple devices in your house, but the current movement in smart home technology is at your front door. Doorbells that can connect to Wi-fi are showing up in more and more homes. The benefit of these doorbells is that they feature audio and video functionality.
The great news for people who have hearing aids and have smart home devices is that it’s one more device your hearing aid can sync to. Who’s that at your door? You would know immediately with a wi-fi connected doorbell, which would send audio straight into your ear.
Why It’s Worth Setting up up
It takes time to set these features up to communicate with your hearing aid, and that deters many people from utilizing them. Still, it’s important to recognize that connecting your hearing aid to smart technology in your home can make your life safer, more relaxed, and ultimately more enjoyable.
The best part? When you buy your hearing aids, we can show you exactly how to set them up. Even if you’re still not sure after you get home, the internet is a great resource for set-up help.
So to be direct, you’re losing out if you have newer hearing aids with wi-fi capabilities and you fail to take a few minutes to get them set up.
When to Upgrade Your Hearing Aids
If you have older hearing aids they most likely don’t have very good connectivity options. In addition, there are many technical improvements that are made each year to improve the all-around audio quality of hearing aids. If you’re having trouble with hearing in particular settings or want to explore some of the new features you’re missing, schedule an appointment with us to improve your hearing and your quality of life.