You may remember the phrase “world of tomorrow,” which was used to depict the brilliant future that technology was envisioned to bring to society. A “golden age” of technology is here now and that includes modern hearing aids.
Having the ability to connect to your computer, smartphone, or TV is something that most modern hearing aid models come with. This permits you to hear these devices better and also creates a more pleasant environment for people around you who are too polite to tell you to lower the volume on the TV.
While these technological attributes are ideal for entertainment purposes, some hearing aid users find the features too difficult and often don’t set them up. This could be an expensive mistake.
Enhanced Connectivity Provides Another Layer of Safety
According to the Fire Protection Research Foundation, a substantial number of people older than 50 are unable to hear their smoke alarms. Can you hear your smoke alarm from any room in the house?? Even with hearing aids, this can be a concern. Luckily, this life threatening risk is already being reduced by new technology.
The public is getting access to new technology that is being developed each year. New hearing aids are able to connect to fire alarms that are a component of your smart home systems. This means you’ll hear the alarm from everywhere in your house. The technical process is similar to how hearing aids stream audio from your computer, tablet, or TV to your hearing aid. But streaming your hearing aid to your smoke alarm can actually save your life.
Smart Home Doorbells Can Connect to Hearing Aids
Connecting your hearing aid to all of the technology in your smart home offers you more than simply a safety factor, it also has a convenience and entertainment element, especially at your front door. Doorbells that can connect to Wi-fi are turning up in more and more homes. The advantage of these doorbells is that they have audio and video features.
The good thing for people who have hearing aids and have smart home technology 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 transmit audio directly into your ear.
Why is it Worthwhile to Make Sure You Get it Set up?
It takes a little time to set these features up to work with your hearing aid, and that deters many people from making use of them. But if you want a safer, more comfortable, and more enjoyable life, you need to recognize that connecting your hearing aid to your smart home can help you have it.
The best part? We can show you how to use these features when you purchase your hearing aid. If you’re still struggling with the settings when you’re back at home, most hearing aids have abundant online resources to help you understand the set-up process.
To sum up, if you’ve bought a new hearing aid that has wi-fi capabilities, you’re losing out if you don’t set them up.
Is it Time to Update Your Hearing Aids?
Older hearing aid designs are missing a number of connectivity options. Furthermore, the audio quality of hearing aids is getting better every day. If you’re having trouble with hearing in particular 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.