Santa Clarita audiologist Nola Aronson, of Advanced Audiology, is answering a question some may have about where hearing aids are going in the future, and what can be expected due to technology advancements in the next 10 years.
Today, people typically use smartphones and earbuds to listen to music, bluetooth devices to take phone calls and activity tracker bracelets for daily step counting, but Aronson pointed out that the newest hearing devices can do all these things, and more.
“Hearing devices now are really what you call ‘wearables,’ so they not only take care of your hearing loss, but they take the place of all these other devices, so now you only have one device,” Aronson said.
The latest hearing aids hook up to smartphones to play music or audiobooks directly into the device, answer phone calls through the device, track heart rate and steps and even provide language translations, according to Aronson.
Additionally, these hearing aids have telehealth, which gives users the opportunity to have their audiologist adjust and program them remotely without needing to go into the office.
“I have a patient in Canada, I have a patient in Pismo Beach, now I have one in New Mexico,” Aronson said. “I’m going to be able to, when they need their hearing aid turned up, to do it on the computer… So you can have somebody you like working with you and not have to worry about what location you move to or where you are.”
Another important component about the latest hearing aids is their small size making them virtually undetectable by other people, in comparison to old fashioned, oversized hearing aids and obvious electronics worn often now.
“(People) are willing to wear wires hanging down their ears or big bluetooth devices,” Aronson said. “Yet nowadays, when you talk about hearing devices, they’re so tiny and they come in different colors and they match your hair. Nobody ever sees them — even if you’re bald.”
Aronson continued, “I have patients who have no hair, and they’re so nervous, they put it off for years to get help with their hearing. And then when they finally do it, they go, ‘Oh my God, why didn’t I do this earlier?’”
To make an appointment at Advanced Audiology for a free hearing screening, call 661-592-2718.
Advanced Audiology was founded in 2010 by Santa Clarita audiologist Nola Aronson, who has been fitting hearing aids for more than 30 years. Advanced Audiology is the largest diagnostic hearing center in the Santa Clarita Valley, focusing on clients with hearing loss, tinnitus, ears ringing and more. Hearing tests, hearing aids and new sound infrared devices are also available at Advanced Audiology in addition to a complete hearing healthcare program that includes free batteries, quarterly cleanings and adjustments.
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