Tech advancements – from software solutions for audiologists to Bluetooth-enabled hearing aids – are helping our industry grow, evolve, and improve customer care. Adopting these innovative technologies can help audiologists enhance education, research methods, clinical practice, and positive outcomes.
Groundbreaking developments allow people with hearing loss to use technologically advanced hearing aids with Bluetooth technology, Artificial Intelligence, rechargeable batteries, automatic translation services, and waterproof designs. The newest features and functions let them hear more clearly and experience a variety of terrific benefits.
Consumers are faced with an overwhelming number of options, including traditional hearing aids and over-the-counter (OTC) devices, which have recently become more prevalent. The growing category of OTC hearing aids relies on online- and app-based hearing assessments and advanced earbud technology to provide consumers with direct access to hearing devices.
Hearing loss continues to be a major health issue, with WHO predicting that by 2050, 2.5 billion people globally will experience hearing loss. Unfortunately, people are often reluctant to visit a hearing clinic for a screening, either because they’re in denial about their hearing loss, they worry about the negative stigma around wearing hearing aids, or they don’t want to spend money on a hearing device. In fact, people with hearing loss typically take an average of seven years before receiving a proper hearing assessment.
Luckily, tech improvements in audiology will not only allow audiologists to provide better hearing tests, but they will also help to provide even more individualized solutions to their clients. This will enable people to hear better and enjoy the things they love, like listening to music, dining out with friends, and watching their favorite TV shows. With each advancement, like AI capabilities, improvements in rechargeability, telehealth options, and increased access to new OTC devices, a growing number of individuals with hearing loss can be reached.