You might remember the phrase “world of tomorrow,” which was used to describe the bright future that technology was envisioned to bring to society. A technology “golden age” is here now and that includes modern hearing aids.
Having the capability of connecting to your computer, smartphone, or TV is something that lots of modern hearing aid models come with. This permits you to hear these devices better while also creating a more relaxing environment for people around you who are too nice to tell you to turn down the volume on the TV.
For the purpose of recreation, these functions are great, but lots of users fail to activate them because they think that it’s too difficult. This could be a costly mistake.
Add Another Level of Security With Enhanced Connectivity
According to the Fire Protection Research Foundation, a substantial number of people aged 50 or older can’t hear their smoke alarms. Do you have any rooms in your home where it would be difficult to hear your smoke alarm? Even when you have hearing aids, this can be a challenge. Luckily, this life threatening hazard is already being reduced by new technology.
Every year, new devices are manufactured and made available to the public. Smart home systems often come with smoke detectors that can connect to newer hearing aids. This means you’ll be able to hear the alarm from anywhere in your house. It works in pretty much the same way as streaming your phone to any other smart device. One difference, however, is that when you connect your hearing aids to your fire alarms, it could save your life.
Smart Home Doorbells Can Connect to Hearing Aids
In addition to improving safety, there is excellent entertainment value in having your hearing aid connected to multiple devices inside your house, but the current movement in smart home technology is outside your front door. Doorbells that can connect to Wi-fi are turning up in a lot more homes. The benefit of these doorbells is that they have video and audio capabilities.
The good thing for hearing aid wearers with smart home devices is that it’s one more device your hearing aid can connect to. Not sure who’s at the door? You would know immediately with a wi-fi connected doorbell, which would transmit audio directly into your ear.
Why is it Important to Make Sure You Get it Set up?
It takes a little time to set these functions up to work with your hearing aid, and that stops many people from using them. However, it’s important to recognize that connecting your hearing aid to smart devices in your home can make your life safer, more comfortable, and ultimately more enjoyable.
The best part? When you purchase your hearing aids, we can show you exactly how to set them up. If you’re still struggling with the settings when you get home, most hearing aids have ample online information to help you navigate the set-up process.
In short, if you’ve bought a new hearing aid with wi-fi capabilities, you’re losing out if you don’t set them up.
When to Update Your Hearing Aids
Older hearing aid models are missing a number of connectivity options. In addition, there are many technical improvements that are made every year to improve the overall audio quality of hearing aids. Increase your hearing and quality of life by making an appointment with us to talk about a hearing aid upgrade.