What Changes Could We See in Hearing Aids in 2021?

 

While 2020 is finally over, it has pushed some changes in the audiology industry that will positively affect hearing aid users in 2021.

Some of these changes will impact how hearing aids are fitted and distributed, while others are transforming the technological makeup of hearing aids themselves.

As care becomes increasingly customer-centric, it’s no surprise that these changes will improve the audio quality of the hearing aids and address the stigma of hearing aids and patient comfort.

Therefore, here are a few of the top changes you can expect in hearing aids in 2021.

 

Improved Appearance

One of the main reasons those that could benefit from hearing aids refuse to wear them is their appearance. In fact, the International Journal of Audiology conducted a study to understand why people fitted with hearing aids refused to wear them.

One of the most common answers was simply that most people didn’t like the outward appearance and the attention it draws.

Therefore, it’s likely that hearing aids will continue to be smaller and more elegant. For example, Phonak’s Lyric is an in-the-ear hearing aid that is virtually invisible to outsiders.


The pandemic has pushed the audiology industry to find better ways to serve patients and improve hearing aid technology

 

Incorporating AI

Another trend that will likely catch on in 2021 is using artificial intelligence to make hearing aids more appealing to users. Similar to why manufacturers are trying to improve appearance, adding AI will make users feel more comfortable, confident, and modern using these new hearing aids.

For example, hearing aids will likely soon be similar to an accessory like the Apple Watch, which can track health statistics, the current time, stream podcasts, and more.

These technological advancements will help eliminate the stigma associated with hearing aids and improve user confidence.

 

Improved Remote Monitoring

Given the pandemic and rise in teleaudiology, it’s no surprise that 2021 will see improved technology for remote monitoring. While it’s likely that many people will return to local clinics in the second half of 2021, many clinics will still offer remote services to improve patient convenience.

In fact, a study of a hybrid clinic that used both teleaudiology and in-person visits found that 95 percent of patients preferred the hybrid method.

While some hearing aids come with web-based applications that enable audiologists to make real-time adjustments remotely, we expect to see this trend generate more interest in 2021.

Online hearing tests are also expected to become more popular as audiologists work to make them more effective.

 

Over The Counter Hearing Aids

Perhaps one of the most exciting changes we’ll see in hearing aids in 2021 is their availability. The FDA’s proposed rule was originally due on August 18, 2020, though the pandemic ultimately delayed this release.

Nevertheless, over the counter hearing aids are expected to be approved during 2021 and will make hearing aids more accessible for those with mild to moderate hearing loss.

 

Final Thoughts

While 2020 was trying for most people, it has pushed some advancements that will make 2021 better than ever. From improved patient and audiologist interactions to enhanced technology, wearing hearing aids has never been so comfortable, affordable, and easy.

Contact an audiologist today to learn how we can help you hear better in 2021. 

What Changes Could We See in Hearing Aids in 2021?

 

While 2020 is finally over, it has pushed some changes in the audiology industry that will positively affect hearing aid users in 2021.

Some of these changes will impact how hearing aids are fitted and distributed, while others are transforming the technological makeup of hearing aids themselves.

As care becomes increasingly customer-centric, it’s no surprise that these changes will improve the audio quality of the hearing aids and address the stigma of hearing aids and patient comfort.

Therefore, here are a few of the top changes you can expect in hearing aids in 2021.

 

Improved Appearance

One of the main reasons those that could benefit from hearing aids refuse to wear them is their appearance. In fact, the International Journal of Audiology conducted a study to understand why people fitted with hearing aids refused to wear them.

One of the most common answers was simply that most people didn’t like the outward appearance and the attention it draws.

Therefore, it’s likely that hearing aids will continue to be smaller and more elegant. For example, Phonak’s Lyric is an in-the-ear hearing aid that is virtually invisible to outsiders.


The pandemic has pushed the audiology industry to find better ways to serve patients and improve hearing aid technology

 

Incorporating AI

Another trend that will likely catch on in 2021 is using artificial intelligence to make hearing aids more appealing to users. Similar to why manufacturers are trying to improve appearance, adding AI will make users feel more comfortable, confident, and modern using these new hearing aids.

For example, hearing aids will likely soon be similar to an accessory like the Apple Watch, which can track health statistics, the current time, stream podcasts, and more.

These technological advancements will help eliminate the stigma associated with hearing aids and improve user confidence.

 

Improved Remote Monitoring

Given the pandemic and rise in teleaudiology, it’s no surprise that 2021 will see improved technology for remote monitoring. While it’s likely that many people will return to local clinics in the second half of 2021, many clinics will still offer remote services to improve patient convenience.

In fact, a study of a hybrid clinic that used both teleaudiology and in-person visits found that 95 percent of patients preferred the hybrid method.

While some hearing aids come with web-based applications that enable audiologists to make real-time adjustments remotely, we expect to see this trend generate more interest in 2021.

Online hearing tests are also expected to become more popular as audiologists work to make them more effective.

 

Over The Counter Hearing Aids

Perhaps one of the most exciting changes we’ll see in hearing aids in 2021 is their availability. The FDA’s proposed rule was originally due on August 18, 2020, though the pandemic ultimately delayed this release.

Nevertheless, over the counter hearing aids are expected to be approved during 2021 and will make hearing aids more accessible for those with mild to moderate hearing loss.

 

Final Thoughts

While 2020 was trying for most people, it has pushed some advancements that will make 2021 better than ever. From improved patient and audiologist interactions to enhanced technology, wearing hearing aids has never been so comfortable, affordable, and easy.

Contact an audiologist today to learn how we can help you hear better in 2021. 

  

  

  

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