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Woman connecting her hearing aids to her smart home.

Remember how the exciting new future technology was going to bring society into the “world of tomorrow”? A technology “golden age” is here now and that includes contemporary hearing aids.

Having the capability of connecting to your computer, smartphone, or TV is something that most contemporary hearing aid models come with. This permits you to hear these devices better while also creating a more pleasant environment for those around you who are too nice to tell you to turn down the volume on the TV.

For the purpose of entertainment, these features are very good, but many users fail to set them up because they think that it’s too difficult. This could be an expensive mistake.

Improved Connectivity Adds Another Level of Safety

According to the Fire Protection Research Foundation, a substantial number of people aged 50 or older are unable to hear their smoke alarms. Are you able to hear your smoke alarm from any room in the house?? This can sometimes be challenging even with a hearing aid. The good news is, new technology is already reducing this life-threatening risk.

Each year, new devices are developed and released to the public. Smart home setups usually come with smoke detectors that can connect to newer hearing aids. This means you’ll hear the alarm from anywhere in your house. It works in basically exactly like streaming your phone to any other smart device. The only difference is when you link up your hearing aids to your smoke alarms, it could save your life.

Smart Home Doorbells Can Stream to Hearing Aids

In addition to improving safety, there is great entertainment value in having your hearing aid connected to multiple devices in your home, but the current trend in smart home technology is at your front door. Doorbells that can sync to Wi-fi are showing up in more and more homes. These types of doorbells provide the added advantage of an audio and a video feed.

That’s one more device in your smart home for your hearing aid to connect to and that’s great news. Not sure who’s at the door? A Wi-fi doorbell would transmit audio straight to your hearing aid so you would know who’s at the door instantly.

Why is it Important to Make Sure You Get it Set up?

It takes a little time to set these functions up to communicate with your hearing aid, and that stops many individuals from making use of them. However, it’s worthwhile to understand 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? We can demonstrate how to use these functions when you purchase your hearing aid. If you find yourself fumbling with the settings when you’re back at home, most hearing aids have sufficient online information to help you understand the set-up process.

In short, if you’ve bought a new hearing aid with wi-fi capabilities, you’re missing out if you don’t set them up.

When to Update Your Hearing Aids

Older hearing aid models don’t have as many connectivity options. Furthermore, the audio quality of hearing aids is improving every day. If you’re having problems with hearing in certain settings or want to check out some of the new features you’re missing, make an appointment with us to improve your hearing as well as your quality of life.

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