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The Latest Assistive Listening Devices

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Hearing aids are essential devices for those with hearing loss. They can help to reduce the strain on our brain when listening to sounds and they can greatly enhance the quality of sound around us if we’ve lost some of our hearing function due to exposure from loud noises, infection or any other issue that could cause hearing loss. In addition to hearing aids, there are other technology options you can use to enhance your experience, known as assistive listening devices (ALDs).

ALDs are often used to improve or connect your hearing aids to other adaptive technology. For instance, with a Bluetooth feature in your hearing aid, you can use a streamer to connect wirelessly to other technology in your home, such as televisions, speakers or sound systems.

There are several different types of ALDs, in addition to advantages and disadvantages, which is why it’s crucial to learn more when determining which is ideal for your situation.

FM systems

FM systems offer a lot of mobility because they work on the same principles as radio broadcasting. However, the users will be required to wear a specific receiver and will not be able to use their hearing aids for it. The range can cover around 150 feet, but they are very expensive and more ideal for outdoor activities and use cases. While very simple to use, they do require a bit of set up but the freedom of range and movement are very good advantages to consider.

Infrared systems

Infrared systems are high-tech options that offer the most privacy out of all the ALDs and are generally recommended by hearing instrument specialists to those that need the added peace of mind. They work similarly to FM systems but instead of radio waves transmitting sounds, light waves are used. However, they do not pass through walls which means they are recommended for individuals seeking more discreetness. However, they can easily be blocked due to the type of waves being used, so they’re generally not a good option in areas with a lot of activity.

Induction loop systems

Induction loop systems use electromagnetic fields to carry a sound to someone’s ears. These ALDs can be inexpensive and relatively versatile compared to other options. The user is not physically connected to the system and other users can be added to the system with headphones or a receiver, making it a unique option if set up correctly. However, it does need the room to be set up and enabled for it which can require a bit of extra setup.

Personal amplifiers

As the name suggests, personal amplifiers are designed to amplify the sounds of a hearing aid. They are essentially small boxes with a microphone and a listening cord. This is useful for conversations such as interviews or when you and someone else are in a one-on-one conversation. The mic can be attached to one’s clothing so that you have a much easier time hearing them.

Bluetooth

Bluetooth technology is one of the latest innovations in the ALD industry. Bluetooth hearing aids have yet to become widely available but they promise a lot of new innovations such as connecting with your phone to easily answer calls, listening to music without having to remove your hearing aids and also having no interference between different devices. While the range is somewhat limited compared to other devices, hearing instrument specialists are excited to see new possibilities being designed thanks to Bluetooth integration. It’s arguably one of the more modern ways to improve your hearing aids and can be an ALD worth investing in the future if you regularly use other types of technology such as laptops, smartphones and so on.

So, if you’re interested in assistive listening devices that could offer you more features and power to partner with your hearing aids, then get in touch with us at Texan Renew Hearing Center at 512-667-6904. With our assistance, we can make sure that you find a solution for your hearing troubles and are able to continue living your life with confidence.