How is hearing technology helping people to persevere with hearing instruments?
BIHIMA interviews Eva Lilja Nilsson from Widex.
In BIHIMA’s latest interview for the ‘2022 technology series’ in audiology magazine Audio Infos, we spoke to Eva Lilja Nilsson, Senior Product Education Specialist at Widex, WS Audiology, to find out how hearing technology is helping people adapt to and keep wearing hearing instruments.
There are so many new things to learn and to understand and accept when wearing a hearing instrument. It can take an average of three to six months before the hearing part of the brain starts to accept a hearing instrument, as parts of the brain need to be ‘reawakened’; this is the adaptation period.
There’s a lot to remember when you’re fitted with a hearing instrument and, as a rule, people only remember 20% of the information they’re given in the clinic, this is the same across all sectors, not just audiology. This can be even harder if you’re completely new to wearing hearing instruments but the benefits of wearing them mean they’re worth persevering with.
Apps can now be used to support people to wear hearing instruments. Most of us are used to using apps and have our phones beside us all the time – we expect to be connected to everything, so the use of apps to support wearers of hearing instruments has come as a natural shift. Technology has also developed so hearing instruments are smaller than they used to be and look cooler. They’re wireless, rechargeable, can be connected to people’s phones – they’re more interesting to use. Manufacturers are adapting to the world as it changes, adapting to what people want as well as what they need.
Using hearing instruments is so important for people who have hearing loss. They help people communicate and connect with each other, reducing isolation and loneliness, and, if people start wearing them early enough, they can reduce the risk of develop dementia or delay its onset. Using hearing instruments may take a little getting used to, but technology is advancing to support users.
This technology interview series is a regular feature in Audio Infos Magazine and can be found online at Audiology World News. BIHIMA interviews one of its members in each issue of the magazine on a pressing technology topic effecting the hearing instrument industry today.