You might remember the phrase “world of tomorrow,” which was used to depict the brilliant future that technology was imagined to bring to society. A technology “golden age” is here now and that includes contemporary hearing aids.
Presently, dozens of hearing aid designs come with the ability to connect directly to your TV, computer, or smartphone. This will put the sound of these devices directly in your ears so others around you will feel more relaxed and won’t need to ask you to turn down the volume.
While these technological properties are ideal for entertainment purposes, some hearing aid users find the functions too difficult and frequently don’t set them up. This could be an expensive mistake.
Improved Connectivity Brings Another Layer of Security
According to the Fire Protection Research Foundation, the smoke detector can’t be heard by a substantial number of individuals over 50. Are there any rooms in the house where it would be hard to hear your smoke alarm? This can sometimes be a challenge even with a hearing aid. Luckily, this life threatening risk is already being minimized by new technology.
Each year, new devices are designed and released to the public. New hearing aids are able to connect to fire alarms that are part of smart home setup. This will enable you to hear the alarm from wherever you are in your house. It works in basically the same way as streaming your phone to any other smart technology. But streaming your hearing aid to your fire alarm can actually save your life.
Hearing Aids Can Stream to Wi-Fi Doorbells
In addition to enhancing safety, there is excellent entertainment value in connecting your hearing aid to multiple devices in your house, but the current trend in smart home technology is at your front door. Wi-fi synced doorbells have become prevalent among homeowners. These kinds of doorbells provide the additional benefit of an audio and a video feed.
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? You would know immediately with a wi-fi connected doorbell, which would send audio straight into your ear.
Why It’s Worth Setting up up
It takes a little time to set these features up to communicate with your hearing aid, and that deters many people from utilizing them. Still, it’s worthwhile to realize that connecting your hearing aid to smart devices in your home can make your life safer, more relaxed, and ultimately more enjoyable.
The best part? When you buy your hearing aids, we can teach you exactly how to set them up. If you’re still struggling with the settings when you’re back at home, most hearing aids have ample online resources to help you navigate the set-up process.
To sum up, 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 Upgrade Your Hearing Aids
If you have older hearing aids they probably don’t have many connectivity options. Additionally, there are many technical improvements that are made each year to improve the overall audio quality of hearing aids. If you’re having difficulty with hearing in certain settings or want to experience some of the new features you’re missing, make an appointment with us to improve your hearing and your quality of life.