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How New Technology Is Changing the Way We Hear

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There was once a time when hearing problems were many, and solutions were few. Before hearing aids, we used ear trumpets – before ear trumpets, we had to cup our hands around our ears to help us hear.

Hearing solutions have changed dramatically over time, and have advanced significantly in the past few decades. Hearing aids today come in a variety of different sizes, shapes and styles, and new technology continues to make them better.

A Look Back…

While people had been using makeshift devices to help them hear for centuries, modern hearing devices can be traced back to 1898. The Akoulathon was the first “modern” hearing aid and was developed by Miller Reese Hutchinson, an American inventor who used a carbon transmitter to help amplify sound.

Although a huge technological advancement, the hearing aid itself was somewhat bulky, and could only be used if it was placed on top of a table. 

The effectiveness was debatable, as it only helped those who had mild hearing loss, but it was a definite improvement over the hearing devices that were used prior. A few years later Hutchison was able to create a more portable version, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Listening Devices in the Early 20th Century

While Hutchinson’s hearing aid was definitely innovative, it was far from perfect. New technologies were emerging, and with the growing popularity of the telephone, hearing aids in the early 1900s became electric and relied on bulky batteries to power them. These still weren’t very convenient: they were both extremely heavy and cumbersome, and they were usually worn around the neck. Even worse, they only lasted for a few hours at best.

By the 1920s, new vacuum technology made hearing aids much more effective, and by the 1940s they were small enough to fit in your pocket. While hearing aids were becoming more popular, it was the founder of Miracle-Ear, Ken Dahlberg, who truly modernized them. After receiving numerous honors as a fighter pilot in WWII, Dahlberg returned home to found Dahlberg Electronics, a company that specialized in manufacturing pillow speaker radios. In 1955 his company introduced the Miracle-Ear, the first all-in-the-ear hearing aid. Other new hearing devices soon followed, and within years Miracle-Ear hearing aids were being sold nationwide.

The Digital Age

Today, hearing aids come in a variety of different styles and technology levels. They can be made to fit your ear and include a host of advanced features. For instance, our new GENIUS technology not only provides up to 25% better speech recognition in challenging listening environments than people with normal hearing, but also comes with an abundance of advanced features, including High Definition Digital Sound, Directional Focus that helps you zoom in on speech, and even its own app which allows you to change your settings both discreetly and easily.

Digital technology has made hearing aids even more effective. In fact, hearing aids today have been found to help 9 out of 10 people who have hearing loss. If you're still on the fence about getting a hearing aid, now's the time to make a move..