Remember how the exciting new future technology was going to bring civilization into the “world of tomorrow”? A “golden age” of technology is here now and that includes contemporary hearing aids.
Having the capability of connecting 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 relaxing environment for individuals around you who are too nice to tell you to lower the volume on the TV.
For the purpose of recreation, these features are very good, but many users fail to set them up because they think that it’s too complicated. This could be a costly mistake.
Improved Connectivity Provides Another Layer of Security
According to the Fire Protection Research Foundation, a significant number of individuals aged 50 or older are unable to hear their smoke detector. Can you hear your smoke alarm from any room in the house?? Even when you have hearing aids, this can be a concern. Luckily, this life threatening risk is already being minimized by new technology.
Every year, new devices are designed and made available to the public. New hearing aids have the ability to connect to fire alarms that are a component of your smart home setup. This means you’ll be able to hear the alarm wherever you are in your home. The technical process is very similar to how hearing aids stream audio from your tablet, TV, or computer to your hearing aid. But connecting your hearing aid to your fire alarm can actually save your life.
Smart Home Doorbells Can Connect to Hearing Aids
In addition to enhancing safety, there is great entertainment value in having your hearing aid connected to numerous devices in your home, but the current movement in smart home technology is outside your front door. Wi-fi connected doorbells have become common among homeowners. The benefit of these doorbells is that they feature video and audio functionality.
That’s one more device in your smart home that your hearing aid can connect to and that’s good news. Not sure who’s at the door? A Wi-fi doorbell would send audio directly to your hearing aid so you would know who’s at the door immediately.
Why It’s Worth Setting up up
Many individuals choosing not to use these features because they take a bit of time and effort to set up. But if you want a more comfortable, safer, and more enjoyable life, you need to realize that connecting your hearing aid to your smart home can help you have it.
The best part? We can demonstrate how to use these features when you buy your hearing aid. If you’re still struggling with the settings when you get home, most hearing aids have abundant 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 fail to take a few minutes to get them set up.
Is it Time to Update Your Hearing Aids?
If you have older hearing aids they likely don’t have very good connectivity options. Additionally, there are numerous technical improvements that are made each year to improve the all-around audio quality of hearing aids. If you’re having difficulty with hearing in particular settings or want to explore some of the new features you’re missing, schedule an appointment with us to improve your hearing as well as your quality of life.