The benefits of wireless hearing aid technology for mobility-​impaired persons

March 26, 2012 by Estelle Lamonde
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These days, new technologies are being developed at a frantic pace in areas where it would have been unimaginable just a few years ago. It is human nature to associate these technological breakthroughs with business people, youth and people who are always looking to buy the latest gadget.

Though it doesn’t get much media coverage, however, a great deal of research is being conducted in the field of hearing health to improve products for hearing-impaired individuals. Did you know there are now a wide range of hearing aids and wireless systems specially designed to make communicating easier?

Wireless technology at everyone’s fingertips!

A person with a hearing impairment who has difficulty seeing, handling small objects or moving about may very well benefit from this type of wireless system. Hearing aids can now be connected to a user-friendly remote control, and with this control, users can easily select the device signal (TV, phone, etc.) they want to receive through their hearing aids.

Since these systems are wireless, users no longer have to get up to turn on the TV or pick up the phone. Those with limited mobility, for example, are spared a great deal of needless effort.

Wireless systems are easy to install and use. Whether it’s for your TV or telephone, all you have to do is connect a small box and you’re good to go! The remote control connects your hearing aids with the TV or telephone with the click of a button. Using wireless technology means you don’t have to set up countless connections between your many devices (television, radio, telephone and so on). And by recharging your remote control at night, you can be sure it’s fully operational the next day.

There are two types of wireless system that can be connected to hearing instruments: those that require the use of a remote control, and those that are controlled by the hearing aids themselves. Once the remote control and selected devices (telephone, television, etc.) have been coordinated, the second type can operate with or without the remote control, since all the same functions are integrated into the hearing aids. This way, persons with hearing impairments who do not want to keep the remote control with them at all times can watch television, for instance, just by pressing the button on their hearing aids.

All this new technology may seem complicated for those who are new to it. In reality, wireless systems are really very easy to operate, and they just take a little getting used to. After all, these systems were developed to make everyday life easier for people who wear hearing aids.

Contact your audioprosthetist or specialized educator at a Lobe Santé auditive et communication multidisciplinary clinic, and they will show you how to make the most of these wireless systems.