You may recall the phrase “world of tomorrow,” which was used to depict the brilliant future that technology was imagined to bring to civilization. We’re currently moving into a technological “golden age”, and the development of hearing aids is a significant part of it.
Presently, dozens of hearing aid designs have the ability to connect directly to your TV, computer, or smartphone. This allows you to hear these devices better and also creates a more pleasant environment for those around you who are too nice to tell you to lower the volume on the TV.
While these technological features are ideal for entertainment purposes, some hearing aid wearers find the features too difficult and frequently don’t set them up. However, this could wind up being an expensive mistake.
Enhanced Connectivity Brings Another Layer of Safety
According to the Fire Protection Research Foundation, a significant number of people older than 50 are not able to hear their smoke detector. Do you have any rooms in the house where it would be hard to hear your smoke alarm? This can sometimes be challenging even if you have a hearing aid. Thankfully, this life threatening danger is already being minimized by new technology.
Each year, new devices are designed and made available to the public. Smart home systems often come with smoke detectors that can connect to newer hearing aids. This will enable you to hear the alarm from every room in your home. It works in pretty much exactly like connecting your phone to any other smart device. 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 improving safety, there is excellent entertainment value in having your hearing aid connected to multiple devices inside your house, but the current trend in smart home technology is outside your front door. Doorbells that can sync to Wi-fi are showing up in more and more homes. These kinds of doorbells offer the added advantage of an audio and a video feed.
That’s one more device in your smart home for your hearing aid to connect to and that’s good news. Not sure who’s at the door? You would know instantly with a wi-fi connected doorbell, which would send audio straight into your ear.
Why It’s Worth Getting Set up
Lots of people choosing not to use these features because they take a bit of time and effort to set up. Still, it’s important to understand 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 teach 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.
In short, if you’ve purchased a new hearing aid with wi-fi capabilities, you’re missing out if you don’t set them up.
When to Update Your Hearing Aids
Older hearing aid designs don’t have as many connectivity possibilities. In addition, there are numerous technical improvements that are made every year to improve the all-around audio quality of hearing aids. If you’re having difficulty with hearing in specific settings or want to experience some of the new features you’re missing, schedule an appointment with us to improve your hearing and your quality of life.