Ask An Audiologist: What Are Hearing Aid Wearers Most Thankful For?
One of my favorite things about my work is reading letters from patients thanking Signia for changing their lives with our hearing aid technology. These letters of appreciation validate what we do as a company every day. They invariably get circulated throughout our entire organization and give all of us an instant boost of pride and job satisfaction.
In these letters, patients tell us about all the people they were able to reconnect with, and all the sounds they’re able to enjoy again. They tell us what they love about their Signia hearing aids and how certain features have changed their lives for the better. I’d like to share with you some of the most widely appreciated hearing aid advancements, according to our patients.
Hearing in challenging situations
A well-fit pair of old-fashioned analog hearing aids can suffice in quiet, one-on-one listening environments. But it’s in the noisier and more dynamic situations where modern technology makes the biggest difference. Whether it’s hearing on the phone, in noisy gatherings, or outside on a windy day, hearing aids nowadays are significantly better at clarifying speech and reducing unnecessary noise, allowing wearers to enjoy a more active and social lifestyle.
The classic stereotype of squealing hearing aids is no longer valid. Hearing aid whistling, or feedback, is caused by sound that has already been amplified leaking out of the ear and getting picked up by the hearing aid microphones again. Thankfully, hearings aids now have multiple layers of sophisticated technology to eliminate embarrassing whistling. So, even if a wearer hugs someone, puts on a hat, or leans back against the couch, they no longer have to worry about that dreadful squeal.
Nobody likes messing with tiny batteries. Not only are they expensive and a hassle in general, they prevent patients who have dexterity and vision limitations from using hearing aids every day. With the advent of ever-improving rechargeable technology, hearing aids have become more convenient and more accessible.
Hearing aids are tiny electronic devices, so they require special attention and care. Nevertheless, water, dirt, moisture, and shock-resistant hearing aids provide extra peace of mind and allow wearers to keep them in during previously “critical wearing conditions” like during rigorous exercise. Also, if they accidentally wear their aids into the shower, find them in the pocket of a shirt that they just pulled out of the washer, or drop them into the swimming pool (all true events that happened to real patients), these hearing aids may now have a real chance of survival.
Sound quality of music
Many music lovers also happen to be hearing aid wearers—possibly because they loved their music too much and too loud in the past. For them, not being able to enjoy music as they did before hearing loss was almost as devastating as missing out on conversations. The latest hearing aids have been developed to not only provide the best results for amplifying speech, but also for listening to music. Thankfully, our efforts have paid off, and music lovers rave about the superior sound quality of music that these hearing aids bring back to them.
Finally, I’d like to thank our hearing aid wearers. Your stories and experiences inspire us and drive us every day to create solutions for you and to serve you better. You are what make the entire Signia team proud of our work every day.