The pandemic has certainly changed the way many people communicate, resulting in an increase in the use of virtual tools and integrated software. For seniors in isolation this has had an overall positive impact as many have learned to use this technology to stay in touch with family and friends remotely.
Those living with hearing loss have also had the advantage of using integrated hearing technology. Hearing aids are now smarter, more customizable, and fully compatible with different devices. This has provided necessary support for those in isolation with hearing loss and has helped to improve their overall quality of life.
Increase in use of communication technology among seniors
Due to an increase in use of communication technology, more seniors are now adept in contacting family and friends remotely. Whereas there are still those that shy away from this technology, according to predictions, it’s likely more and more will adapt to using it in the future. As hearing aids become more advanced and can be integrated with most devices, this will open up doors for those living with hearing loss as well.
Introduction of customizable vibration wearables
As well as smarter hearing aids, other hearing tech is becoming widely introduced. This includes integrated vibration wearables, for example. Smart wristbands send the wearer alerts allowing them to feel certain sounds as well as hearing them. This helps to improve safety, giving those with hearing loss more confidence to leave the house and run daily errands. Integrated technology such as this could, therefore, greatly improve their sense of independence and self-esteem.
Hearing aids have more advanced settings
Hearing loss can have a negative impact on the mental well-being of those living with it. There are even links between hearing loss & cognitive decline in seniors. Integrated hearing aids can provide a solution to this. They now have more advanced features, such as “mask mode” and personalized settings allowing the wearer to be as comfortable as possible. This will encourage social interaction and boost confidence carrying out daily tasks.
Hearing aids offer vital sign monitoring
New technology has been developed in the latest “hearables” allowing these devices to even monitor the wearer’s vitals. This will allow seniors to keep tabs on their health such as blood pressure, heart rate, and blood oxygen levels. The ability to monitor these vital signs will help to give them peace of mind, and this feature will be fully integrated with a wearable hearing aid.
Increase in entertainment possibilities at home
Even with restrictions being eased, many people, especially seniors are spending more time at home. This can have a negative impact on their mood and overall mental health. In order to help battle depression, it’s necessary to find remote forms of entertainment and interaction. Nowadays, modern models of hearing aids are not only compatible with smartphones, but also TVs, public broadcast systems, and more. This gives seniors at home more options and they have the chance to hear the things they used to enjoy with better sound quality.
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