Hearing aids have come a long way since the bulky units that used to be placed directly behind the ear, and trailing up the side of the face. There are now several options for hearing aids and styles. The main two types of hearing aids are behind-the-ear and inside-the-ear styles.

Behind-the-ear units are less invasive hearing aids and ruled the market, with inside the ear styles only being used in rare cases. However, in 2007, the market was equal between the two types of hearing aids. As we progress and technology becomes even better, the inside-the-ear hearing aids have taken the lead in the market. The receivers are found inside the ear and are very tiny and extremely powerful in sound amplification without the background noise that was prevalent in the behind-the-ear models.

New technologies have also allowed hearing aids to connect via Bluetooth capabilities. There will not be any other hardware required and the digital audio experience is an exception because it can be managed through an iPhone. This type of transmission is very handy and easily accessible. The best thing about this type of Bluetooth capability is the versatility. The hearing aid can link to phone calls, podcasts, games, YouTube videos, and even Netflix movies. The hearing aid will link to all of these systems seamlessly and make the life of the wearer that much easier.

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There is even a smart app that enables functionality of the system, sort of like a remote control. The app can control treble and bass and all types of programs that can be connected to the system. There is even a section that is called “find my hearing aid” that can help you to locate your hearing aid if it goes missing.

The fact that apple has worked in conjunction with this hearing aid software makes it more acceptable to the community. They even have models that look more like a Bluetooth ear piece than a traditional hearing aid. Other units are so small, that it is almost impossible to visualize the unit when it is in the ear canal. SFGate.com shows the popularity of this Apple technology in a generation of baby boomers that are reaching the age of hearing aid needs. This partnership with Apple has lessened the stigma of wearing a hearing aid and made it more socially acceptable and in some cases it even looks as if it is just a Bluetooth piece for hands-free operation of your cell phone.

Now that you have seen the new technology, you need to find the location and company that fits your individual needs. A hearing aid is only as good as the fit that is provided. Ensure that the company that sells the units also knows how to install them and fit them perfectly.

Once you have found the proper company, speak to them about the best options for your particular hearing loss needs. Have them discuss all of the new technology that is available and ensure you purchase the best product available for your own needs. Then enjoy all of the sounds that nature and life has to offer.

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