Hearing Aids and Artificial Intelligence

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Jack Felix, ACA, BC, HIS

Jack Felix is principal owner of Hearing Care Centers with offices in West Hartford, Bristol and Torrington, Connecticut. Mr. Felix has over 40 years’ experience in the Hearing Aid industry. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Providence College, is licensed by the state of Connecticut as a Hearing Aid Specialist, and is Board Certified by the National Board in Hearing Instrument Sciences. In addition, Mr. Felix has been certified by the American Council of Audioprosthology as an Audioprosthologist. Mr. Felix has served as President of the Connecticut Hearing Aid Dispensers Organization (CHADO) as well as secretary and vice president of the organization.
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Artificial intelligence is one way of using advanced technology in hearing aids. However, digital technology has helped in fulfilling the high expectations that are availed in the hearing market. The digital technology is now used in the present hearing aids, along with a wide price range. In the current world that we live in, almost all hearing aids use digital technology. However, algorithm and software development are anticipated to bring about advancement in the performance of the hearing aid. There is a high need for utilizing the capability of digital technology to the maximum in bettering the hearing aids. However, some situations are predictable, others are stable while some are not. Thus, the overall sound depends on one situation to the other situation and time to time. Competing sounds do vary; they go and come during the conversations, and also the location of competing for sounds change with time.

Hearing loss is perceived as a partial or total inability to hear. However, hearing loss can affect both ears. However, when children have hearing loss, it can affect their ability to learn spoken language. In adults, it can bring about difficulties in social interactions and at work. Chances of some folks experiencing loneliness are high, especially the aged people. Besides, hearing loss can as well be temporal or permanent. Various aspects can cause hearing loss, such as exposure to noise, aging, some infections, genetics, trauma to the ear, birth complications, and certain medications. The most likely condition that can result in hearing impairment is known as chronic ear infections. During the pregnancy period, some diseases such as syphilis, cytomegalovirus and rubella can result in hearing impairment of the child. Moreover, testing for poor hearing is recommended for all the newborns.

Hearing impairment can be prevented through public health measures. This can be applied through immunizations, avoiding loud noise, proper care during pregnancy, and avoiding certain medications. The World Health Organization commends those young people should minimize the usage of personal audio players, at least for one hour in a day, to reduce the noise exposure. Lip reading is one of the useful skills that some people with hearing loss adapt.

How hearing aids can help those with hearing impairment

Improves general health

Those who opt to look for hearing aid experience improvement in their balance and a decrease in anxiety, anger, and feelings of depression. However, those folks who fail to treat their hearing loss are highly likely to suffer from physical injuries.

Improves emotional well-being

Treating hearing loss can result in the reduction of social isolation as well as well as longer-lasting relationships that are much healthier. The patients also have learned how to maintain their high esteem and quality of life than those who don’t.

Slow cognitive decline

Through research, it has been noted that hearing loss that has not been treated leads to an increased risk of developing reduced cognitive functioning and dementia. However, deterioration appears to be high for those who do not wear hearing aids to rectify their loss. Yet, the study done at the University of Pennsylvania found that hearing aids are critical in decreasing a trophy while augmenting the hearing ability. Moreover, new research still supports that treating hearing loss with hearing aids can slow the cognitive decline related to hearing loss.

Challenges of using hearing aids

Hearing aids are expensive to purchase

Most people assume that hearing aids cost a lot of money. However, there are only a few firms that manufacture the hearing aids that are of a high price. Besides, the service offered by the audiologist is costly. Since the service and hardware are bundled and come as a package from the same provider.

Reduces annoyance related to Tinnitus

Most people in America undergo tinnitus, which is a clicking noise in the ears. However, tinnitus is known to be accompanied by hearing loss. However, the wearing of hearing aids can reduce the annoyance of tinnitus for most people with hearing impairment. Products such as the Z series, involves technology that is designed to reduce tinnitus.

Hearing aids are unattractive

Most people, who are in need of hearing aids, do not like wearing them because they are uncomfortable especially when one is seen wearing them. They think that when they wear them, they will look as if they are too old.

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