You may remember the phrase “world of tomorrow,” which was used to describe the bright future that technology was envisioned to bring to civilization. A technology “golden age” is here now and that includes contemporary hearing aids.
Having the ability to connect to your computer, smartphone, or TV is something that most modern hearing aid models come with. This will put the sound of these devices directly in your ears so people around you will feel more comfortable and won’t need to ask you to turn the volume down.
For the purpose of entertainment, these features are very good, but many users fail to activate them because they think that it’s too complicated. However, this could end up being an expensive mistake.
Improved Connectivity Provides Another Layer of Safety
According to the Fire Protection Research Foundation, the smoke alarm can’t be heard by a substantial number of individuals over 50. Are there any rooms in your home where it would be hard to hear your smoke alarm? This can sometimes be a challenge even if you have a hearing aid. Luckily, this life threatening hazard is already being minimized by new technology.
The public is gaining access to new devices that are being manufactured each year. New hearing aids are able to connect to fire alarms that are part of smart home setup. This will enable you to hear the alarm from wherever you are in your house. The technical process is similar to how hearing aids stream audio from your computer, tablet, or TV to your hearing aid. The only difference is when you link up your hearing aids to your smoke alarms, it could save your life.
Smart Home Doorbells Can Stream to Hearing Aids
Connecting your hearing aid to all of the technology in your smart home provides you more than just a safety element, it also has an entertainment and convenience element, especially at your front door. Doorbells that can sync to Wi-fi are turning up in a lot more homes. The benefit of these doorbells is that they feature audio and video features.
That’s one more device in your smart home that your hearing aid can connect to and that’s great news. Wondering who’s at the door? A Wi-fi doorbell would transmit audio straight to your hearing aid so you would see who’s at the door immediately.
Why It’s Worth Getting Set up
It takes a little time to set these features up to communicate with your hearing aid, and that deters many individuals from making use of them. Still, it’s worthwhile to understand that connecting your hearing aid to smart devices in your home can make your life safer, more comfortable, and ultimately more enjoyable.
The best part? We can show you how to use these features when you buy your hearing aid. If you’re still struggling with the settings when you’re back at home, each hearing aid manufacturer has sufficient online resources to help you understand the set-up process.
So to be direct, you’re missing out if you have newer hearing aids with wi-fi capabilities and you don’t 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 many connectivity options. Additionally, there are numerous technical improvements that are made each year to sharpen the all-around audio quality of hearing aids. If you’re having difficulty with hearing in certain settings or want to explore some of the new features you’re missing, make an appointment with us to improve your hearing and your quality of life.