They don’t make them like they used to…
At its best, technology enhances our lives.
To do so it has to be valuable, accessible and meaningful. Good technology is not about gimmicks or frippery but about using ingenuity and science to make people’s lives better.
Imagine showing a smartphone to some in the 1970’s. Would they be able to guess what it was, let alone what it is able to do. Would they believe that something slimmer than a cigarette packet would not only enable them to make phone calls, but to take photographs, listen to music, manage their diaries, navigate in a unfamiliar city, play games and countless other functions that we now take for granted.
In the past 100 years, the telephone has developed from a wooden box delivering a voice along a crackling line to the tiny, preternaturally powerful digital device that plays an essential role in so many people’s daily lives.
Ear trumpets to 2.4GHz
The revolution seen in phones is mirrored in the changes in design and capabilities of hearing instruments. The conspicuous and unsightly hearing aid that whistled loudly at inopportune moments is already a thing of the past. Today’s hearing instruments are tiny, sleek devices that process sounddigitally and contain more computingpower than even a smartphone. Thelatest “smart” hearing aids even interact directly with an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch enabling the wearer to stream audio directly into their hearing aids.
Equal Opportunities with technology
As technology becomes more and more fundamental to the lives we lead, it becomes more important that people with hearing loss can access this technology as simply and efficiently as those without hearing loss. A hearing instrument should do more than just aid conversation. It should also enhance and simplify your interactions with technology, whether it is talking on the telephone, listening to music or, watching TV.
What does the future hold?
With more and more functions being fulfilled by smartphones, it is safe to assume that the future of communication will be centred around these devices. The future of hearing instruments therefore lies in their ability to integrate seamlessly with these systems giving people with a hearing loss equal – if not superior – access to the technological world around them. And maybe, sometime in the future they will be able to communicate directly.
Binaural Fusion is a unique technology available in ReSound Verso 9 and ReSound LiNX 9 hearing instruments. To find out more about instinctive hearing, ask your hearing aid professional or visit gnresound.co.uk
Latest posts by Silversurfer's Editor (see all)
- Five Essentials for Carers Looking After Someone with Dementia - June 22, 2017
- Over 50s ‘should have more sex to boost their IQ’ - June 22, 2017
- Last minute special offers from Shearings Holidays - June 21, 2017
- Has the media become too judgemental? - June 21, 2017
- Discovering the joys of yoga - June 21, 2017
Leave a Comment!
Community Terms & Conditions
These content standards apply to any and all material which you contribute to our site (contributions), and to any interactive services associated with it.
You must comply with the spirit of the following standards as well as the letter. The standards apply to each part of any contribution as well as to its whole.
be accurate (where they state facts); be genuinely held (where they state opinions); and comply with applicable law in the UK and in any country from which they are posted.
Contributions must not:
contain any material which is defamatory of any person; or contain any material which is obscene, offensive, hateful or inflammatory; or promote sexually explicit material; or promote violence; promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age; or infringe any copyright, database right or trade mark of any other person; or be likely to deceive any person; or be made in breach of any legal duty owed to a third party, such as a contractual duty or a duty of confidence; or promote any illegal activity; or be threatening, abuse or invade another’s privacy, or cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety; or be likely to harass, upset, embarrass, alarm or annoy any other person; or be used to impersonate any person, or to misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person; or give the impression that they emanate from us, if this is not the case; or advocate, promote or assist any unlawful act such as (by way of example only) copyright infringement or computer misuse.
Nurturing a safe environment
Our Silversurfers community is designed to foster friendships, based on trust, honesty, integrity and loyalty and is underpinned by these values.
We don't tolerate swearing, and reserve the right to remove any posts which we feel may offend others... let's keep it friendly!