Don't miss the good parts
5/5/2015 3:36 PM
While men are more likely to have more significant hearing loss, women have been found to decide to do something about their hearing earlier than their dads and husbands. The good news is that the sooner one does something about their hearing, the better they’ll do in the long run in terms of understanding speech.
Ladies have a tendency to be concerned with the appearance of hearing devices. Expectations of hearing devices are of big beige things that stick out of the ears and squeal all the time, drawing unwanted attention. These days, the technology is designed for those who are style conscious, with sleek shapes that are discreet and elegant. The trend leans toward women’s fashion taste, with colors like lilac, midnight blue, and lime green available for the fashion-forward.
The obnoxious qualities of hearing devices with constant whistling and unpleasant looks are a thing of the past. Devices now have automatic digital feedback management features that limit the whistling common to many of the older technology devices.
Audiologist Jasmine Burrington, who is hearing impaired herself, notes, “As a wearer of hearing devices for over 20 years, I’ve seen many exciting changes in the hearing aid experience.”
The most contemporary design is ‘receiver-in-the-ear.’ The hearing device was designed with part of the electronics sitting in the ear canal and the rest of the electronics sitting behind the ear. This design minimizes the size of the piece behind the ear and the thickness of the tubing going to the ear canal, sending sound directly into the ear. It also increases sound quality, minimizes visibility of the device and creates a sleek, technologically-savvy style.
Women and men are encouraged to have their hearing checked every 5 years. If you are beginning to ask, “What was that?” or find it hard to hear in noisy settings, it could be a great time to assess your hearing quality.