You may recall the phrase “world of tomorrow,” which was used to describe the brilliant future that technology was envisioned to bring to civilization. A “golden age” of technology is here now and that includes contemporary hearing aids.
Nowadays, dozens of hearing aid models have the ability to connect directly to your TV, computer, or smartphone. This allows you to hear these devices better while also creating a more pleasant environment for individuals around you who are too nice to tell you to lower the volume on the TV.
While these technological features are perfect for entertainment purposes, some hearing aid wearers find the features too complicated and often don’t activate them. This could be a costly mistake.
Improved Connectivity Brings Another Layer of Safety
According to the Fire Protection Research Foundation, the smoke alarm can’t be heard by a significant number of individuals over 50. Are there any rooms in the house where it would be hard to hear your smoke alarm? This can sometimes be a challenge even with a hearing aid. The good news is, new technology is already reducing this life-threatening risk.
The public is getting access to new devices that are being developed each year. Smart home systems often come with smoke detectors that can connect to modern hearing aids. This will permit you to hear the alarm from every room in your house. It works in pretty much the same way as connecting your phone to any other smart device. But streaming your hearing aid to your fire alarm can actually save your life.
Smart Home Doorbells Can Connect to Hearing Aids
Streaming your hearing aid to all of the devices in your smart home provides you more than just a safety factor, it also has a convenience and entertainment element, particularly at your front door. Doorbells that can connect to Wi-fi are turning up in more and more homes. These kinds of doorbells offer the additional advantage of a video and an audio feed.
The good thing for hearing aid wearers with smart home technology is that it’s one more device your hearing aid can sync to. Who’s that at your door? A Wi-fi doorbell would transmit audio directly to your hearing aid so you would know who’s at the door instantly.
Why It’s Worth Getting Set up
Many people choosing not to use these functions because they take a bit of time and effort to set up. However, it’s worthwhile to realize 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.
So to be direct, you’re losing out if you have newer hearing aids with wi-fi capabilities and you don’t take a few minutes to get them set up.
Is it Time to Update Your Hearing Aids?
Older hearing aid designs don’t have as many connectivity possibilities. Additionally, there are many technical enhancements that are made every year to sharpen the overall audio quality of hearing aids. Increase your hearing and quality of life by setting up an appointment with us to discuss a hearing aid upgrade.