The last major innovation in hearing technology occurred in 1985 when the cochlear implant — designed for children born with hereditary hearing loss — was developed. In the decades since, we have seen only incremental improvements on existing hearing technology, but big change is on the horizon.
Some stars have taken a public stand on their hearing loss and their use of hearing aids, even advocating for hearing health, disease research or other causes related to hearing loss. Other celebrities prefer to maintain a low profile and the public is unaware that these public figures have any hearing challenges.
Many of the activities we love to do in the summertime include water, and water can be problematic for high-tech, electronic hearing aids. Water, oil, salt, sweat and sand can corrode contact points, destroy microphones and receivers and clog tubes. So, how do you enjoy summer activities while protecting your investment in your personal hearing device?
Most of us have been exposed to loud noise for a period at some point in our life, whether it was the time you went target shooting or attended the U2 concert. However, if are consistently exposed to loud sound through your occupation, environment or hobby, plan to protect your hearing.
“Haley had been mixing up song lyrics and asking us to repeat ourselves for a while, but we didn’t get concerned about it until she started getting worried,” Edward explained. “That’s when we suspected she might have a hearing problem.”
Some people are born with it, some acquire it in old age, some have an acute incident, some are exposed to a series of incidents. We’re talking about hearing loss and it can affect anyone at any time and the reasons are varied.
It’s not just about carrying on a conversation — untreated impaired hearing is problematic for physical, emotional, social and psychological reasons.
Making hearing aids accessible to more people more easily and for less money may sound like a great idea, but there is some cause for concern.