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Woman connecting her hearing aids to her smart home.

You might remember the phrase “world of tomorrow,” which was used to describe the bright future that technology was imagined to bring to civilization. We’re presently living in a technological “golden age”, and the evolution of hearing aids is a significant part of it.

Today, lots of hearing aid designs come with the capability of connecting directly to your smartphone, computer, or TV. This will put the sound of these devices directly in your ears so people around you will feel more comfortable and won’t need to ask you to turn down the volume.

While these technological attributes are ideal for entertainment applications, some hearing aid users find the features too complicated and often don’t activate them. This could be an expensive mistake.

Enhanced Connectivity Adds Another Layer of Safety

According to the Fire Protection Research Foundation, a significant number of people older than 50 are not able to hear their smoke alarms. Are you able to hear your smoke alarm from any room in your home?? Even with hearing aids, this can be difficult. The good news is, new technology is presently minimizing this life-threatening risk.

The public is gaining access to new technology that is being developed each year. Smart home systems usually come with smoke detectors that can connect to newer hearing aids. This will enable you to hear the alarm from every room in your house. The technical process is similar to how hearing aids stream audio from your computer, tablet, or TV to your hearing aid. But connecting your hearing aid to your fire alarm can actually save your life.

Hearing Aids Can Stream to Wi-Fi Doorbells

Connecting your hearing aid to all of the technology in your smart home gives you more than just a safety factor, it also has an entertainment and convenience element, especially at your front door. Wi-fi connected doorbells have become prevalent among homeowners. The benefit of these doorbells is that they feature audio and video capabilities.

That’s one more device in your smart home that your hearing aid can connect to and that’s great news. Who’s that at your door? A Wi-fi doorbell would transmit audio straight to your hearing aid so you would see who’s at the door instantly.

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

It takes a little time to set these features up to communicate with your hearing aid, and that deters many people from utilizing them. But if you want a more comfortable, safer, and more enjoyable life, you need to recognize that connecting your hearing aid to your smart home can help you have it.

The best part? When you buy your hearing aids, we can teach you exactly how to set them up. Even if you’re still not sure after you get home, the internet is a great resource for set-up help.

To sum up, if you’ve purchased a new hearing aid with wi-fi capabilities, you’re losing out if you don’t set them up.

Is it Time to Update Your Hearing Aids?

Older hearing aid models don’t have as many connectivity possibilities. Also, the audio quality of hearing aids is improving every day. If you’re having difficulty with hearing in particular settings or want to experience some of the new features you’re missing, make an appointment with us to improve your hearing and your quality of life.

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