Have you ever wondered that the thrill of racing a motorcycle, the exhilaration of attending your favorite singer's concert or even the joy of calming down your crying infant can hurt your hearing? Sounds like an exaggeration? Read on.
Advancements in hearing aid technology have transformed what used to be an array of bulky, awkward devices into sleek, high-performance instruments. “These aren’t your grandfather’s hearing aids,” is said by hearing aid dispensers the world over, as the stigma around hearing aids is gradually replaced by admiration for their ever-decreasing size and growing capabilities.
The rapid advancements we’ve seen in hearing aid technology in recent years have been mirrored by the innovative explosion of software for handheld devices, such as smartphones and tablets. Application software, often referred to as “apps,” have flooded the market and their wide appeal is directly related to their usefulness.
Long-time hearing aid wearers are well aware of the golden rule of hearing aid care: tonever delay maintenance, cleanings, and minor repairs. Perhaps it’s because they’ve also learned the “Murphy’s Law” that seems to apply to hearing aids (and likely any other complex electronics that we’re heavily dependent on). This law appears to go something like this: when you’re counting on your hearing aid to perform it’s best, it will break at the worst possible moment...if you’ve neglected it’s needs.
In our quest to understand the nature and complexities of hearing loss, there has been a recent upsurge of population studies and research pertaining to this field. While these have given us a better understanding of the subject, it can sometimes overwhelm us to see the long list of potential aggravators of hearing impairment.
One of the most surprising elements of getting your first pair of hearing aids can be how often they require fresh batteries. While there are some models that rely on an internal rechargeable battery, it’s often the case that the smaller models need replaceable batteries in order to operate.