It is said to progress over time and one thing is certain: hearing loss accompanies it. The recorded history of hearing loss goes back hundreds of years, and efforts exist to correct hearing loss as individuals long ago put their hands behind their ears.
The good news is that hearing aids and other assistive hearing aids go much further than their earlier efforts to improve hearing. Yes, hearing aid technology is still evolving and far from perfect, but looking back over the years of technological development certainly allows us to put any complaints about modern hearing aid technology in clear perspective.
17th century: hello hearing trumpet?
Hearing trumpet was the first real hearing instrument. It was discovered in the 17th century, and it sounds like a fantasy to you. But then there was no amplification or refinement of the sound, and the auditory trumpet is more than collecting the sound completely and bringing it to the ear.
19th century: trumpet shortage?
In the 19th century, the trumpet hearing was resumed.The design was now furnished with intricate carving, paint and repair work to help make the construction more attractive and hide hearing loss.
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At the time, hearing loss was incorrectly associated with other disabilities, and this caused greater stigma for people with hearing loss. This is why a hearing resolution that attempted to listen to another thought-provoking device was an attractive option.
1898: Enter Electronic Hearing Aid?
In 1876, the telephone was invented. Now you can receive electronically transmitted sound signals from elsewhere. Sound can now be amplified using electric current.
Akophon improved a separate microphone, an amplifier, headphones, and a larger, heavier battery that only lasted a few hours at a time. Unfortunately, it became very difficult to use. This device was also expensive, so very few people could purchase caffeine.
1900s: Electronic hearing aids become smaller (but still not so easy)?
In the first half of the 20th century, hearing aids became very small. Nevertheless, you should wear an amplifier and battery around the neck and hold the microphone by hand. So someone who talks to you can talk directly to a microphone in their hand – very much like how a reporter would use a microphone today. At this point, the size of the microphone was re-applied with hearing loss of the individual.
1950s: Transistors make radio listening devices easier to wear?
The next major revolution in hearing aids came in the mid-20th century, when transistor radios were invented shortly afterwards. It was too early to hear that AIDS can be worn above or behind the ear and is very easy to carry with you. Now the hearing aids began to sound like the hearing aids we use today, and from the 1960s you could even get hearing aids that sit inside the ear canal.
1990s: Hearing aids go digital (and short again)?
By the 1980s, hearing aid technology was analog. But then things went digital, and hearing aids could now convert an analog signal, process it digitally, and then send an analog signal to the user’s ear.
The digitization of hearing aids led to a major change for people with hearing loss. The small programmable computer inside a hearing aid can amplify millions of different sound signals very accurately and improve sound compared to analogue listening devices.
Today: Full connectivity in thoughtful designs?
In this century, hearing aids are smarter than before and many of them can also be connected to the Internet.
This means they can access the Internet with their smartphones, their phone or their TV, so you can listen to music, take calls and listen to TV directly with your listening aid – some time with stuff by using.
Some hearing aids are so smart that they can predict how you want to listen in a situation based on your previous hearing aid adjustments.
They process sound automatically, giving you the best sound wherever you go. They know when you want to hear the speech and when to believe it. Some hearing aids allow you to further your hearing through apps on your phone.
Hearing aids have come a long way since the hearing trumpet. By transporting sound only in the 17th century, hearing aids can perform millions of calculations to give the best listening experience for the wearer. They make a significant difference to people with hearing loss, and come in many different hearing aid brands, colors, and sizes.