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8 Hearing Aid Facts That May Surprise You

Published: July 1, 2022

Hearing aids are often considered to be devices reserved for seniors and the extremely hard of hearing. However, these devices are beneficial for people of all ages with mild to serious hearing loss. 

Electric hearing aids were first invented in 1898 and contrary to popular belief, they have advanced greatly since the nineteenth century. Here are 8 surprising hearing aid facts you might be curious to know. 

8 Hearing Aid Facts

Hearing aids can double as headphones

Modern hearing aids can connect to smart devices such as an iPhone, smart TV, or laptop. This can be helpful if you want to talk on the phone, watch TV, or listen to music on the go. 

Hearing aids can “remember locations” and tailor the noise level

Some of today’s hearing aids are able to pick up sounds based on your activity and then program themselves to remember the location. Imagine you’re at your favorite restaurant having a conversation with a friend across the table. Your hearing aid will amplify the voice of your companion and reduce the background noise in the restaurant. When you return to that location (or one similar), your hearing aid will replicate those settings.

Two hearing aids can communicate with each other

If you wear more than one smart hearing aid, they have the ability to communicate with one another and program themselves to optimize a user’s hearing experience. For example, one hearing aid might be connected to a phone conversation while the other is picking up the background noise from the television. In addition, a user can program their hearing aids to pick up the same sounds – like when a user wants to use their hearing aids as earbuds on a run, for instance. 

Hearing aids can be controlled by an app

Nowadays, most hearing aids can be controlled on an app. Instead of programming the device manually, you can use a smartphone or other mobile device to change the volume, customize settings on the device, and more.

The appearance of hearing aids can be tailored to a user’s preference

Gone are the days of extremely noticeable hearing aids. Today, one can purchase a hearing device that is nearly invisible such as the invisible in canal (IIC) hearing aid. Hearing aids are now very discrete, available in sleek designs and colors that can match one’s skin tone. 

However, if you want to proudly display your hearing device, some hearing aids also offer a variety of colors or patterns to choose from.

Hearing aids can be made waterproof or water-resistant

If you’re an active person, you should not be concerned about damaging your hearing aid with sweat or any other liquid. Some hearing aids come with water resistance to ensure you no longer have to worry about damaging an expensive device when exercising or getting caught in the rain.

Hearing aids are good for all types of hearing loss

It is a common misconception that hearing aids are only for the elderly or people who suffer from extreme hearing loss. On the contrary, anyone who has difficulty hearing can benefit from a hearing aid. According to health experts, approximately 95 percent of people who experience hearing loss would benefit from hearing aids; however, only 1 in 5 people seek out treatment. Even minor assistance can make a difference in anyone’s hearing experience.

Trial periods are available for hearing aids

Selecting a hearing aid is an important task that should not be taken lightly. Direct-to-consumer hearing aids have made it easier than ever to buy a hearing aid—but with so many options available, choosing one can be overwhelming. That is why it is recommended to select a device with a trial period. That way, you can protect your investment and ensure you’re getting the right device for your needs.

Get Your New Hearing Aids from Lexie Hearing

After taking a look at some modern hearing aid facts, it’s clear: that hearing aids aren’t what they used to be. Hearing aids today are highly advanced, customizable devices—and getting them is easier and more affordable than before.

Lexie’s hearing aid, the Lexie Lumen, is keeping up with the times. The Lumen hearing aid features advanced hearing technology and comes in a discrete, behind-the-ear design. The Lumen also has modern features like water resistance and background noise reduction, ensuring your device can go wherever you do.

The Lumen can also be controlled with the easy-to-use Lexie Hearing app. The app allows users to change the volume or select different hearing profiles right from their smartphone or mobile device—as well as get access to Lexie Hearing experts for any questions and concerns that arise.

The Lexie Lumen can be purchased directly online without the need to visit an audiologist. Best of all, the Lumen comes with a risk-free, 45-day trial. If you don’t love it, send it back for a full refund.
Get started with your Lexie Lumen today—shop online now or contact a Lexie Hearing expert for more information.

Image of post writer Marcellé Swanepoel.

Written by Marcellé Swanepoel

B. Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

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