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Hearing Aid Technology Gets Upgraded in 2018

Saturday, April 14, 2018 10:32:42 AM Australia/Melbourne

Hearing Aid Technology Gets Upgraded in 20182018 is still young, but already it’s been a historic year. We’ve already seen the Olympics, we have the World Cup coming up, not to mention all of the political events around the world that have already taken place. It’s crazy to think about what the next eight months will hold… But here on the Hearlink blog, we’re pretty focused on audiology. If you’re newer to the blog, welcome! We’re excited to greet you and introduce you to your one-stop-shop for all things audiology. Those who have visited before know that this is a hub for best-in-class products, news and helpful advice. It should come as no surprise that our favourite notable events will always be advancements in this space. So, it’s especially impressive to look at how sleek, smart and small hearing aids have become just in the past few months!

 

The findings of this article were rooted in CES, or the Consumer Electronics Show, which took place back in January. If you love electronics, this is the place to be. It’s where many different industries flock every year to show off their stuff and introduce what the year ahead will hold for them.

 

2018 was a bit of a unique year for CES, as hearing aids became the main stage event. There were a couple of brands that showcased the most and left the event with CES Innovation Awards (Oticon and GN Hearing Health). Oticon brought its HearingFitness app, which helps existing users of the brand get out there and stay active. It’s a comprehensive and impressive app – quickly learning the behaviours of the user. Example? If you’ve had a long day and been on your feet a lot, the app will remind you to get a good night’s sleep and set an earlier alarm reminder for you. GN Hearing took home awards for what attendees called “the smallest and most powerful super power hearing aid available”. No small feat.

 

Here’s the catch. These events and shows have a lot of glitz and glamor, and it’s easy to be sucked in to the newest and greatest product. But here at Hearlink, we test all of our products extensively, and we expect everyone in the industry to do the same. So, make sure that if you’re searching for a hearing aid, it’s peer-reviewed. It’s so easy to get caught up in the excitement that innovation can cause, as Kenneth Smith, PhD, has said. But hearing aids need to be functional first and foremost, that’s the priority.

 

So, what does the rest of the 2018 year look like? If CES and associated shows are any indication, it seems like technology will only be on the up and up. We’ll keep a pulse on the trends and share our findings with you. What would you like to see in hearing aid innovation? More apps? More synchronization with the other devices that we depend on? Let the Hearlink team know. We’d love to hear from you and answer any questions that you might have.

 

Image Credits: Digital Trends (https://www.digitaltrends.com/ces/)

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Hearlink Admin