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Lifecycle of a hearing aid

Posted on Sep 27, 2016

Do you know exactly how much thought and preparation has gone into today's hearing improvement technology? Well, in case you haven't, the first thing to note is that inspiration for better hearing solutions starts with you. 

Check out the lifecycle of the hearing aid, and see for yourself what goes into the development of these hearing solutions.

The research and development stage

The process begins with research and development, often based from the information you share with your health care professional. This is often just notes about how well your current hearing solution is working for you. These criticisms and accolades, if reflective of popular views, will find their way back to the developers, who use the information when designing newer hearing solutions. 

Hearing technology experts toil, often for years, over how to make the perfect modifications to better hearing solutions. The basic model begins when the sound waves enter the microphone and are converted into electrical signals. An amplifier controls the strength of the signal which is channelled through the receiver into the ear canal. Developers work to modify this technology based on feedback from users. Currently, one of the big issues they're working on is advancing the distinction between fore and backgrounds noises. 

FDA approval process 

Once the issue has been addressed, prototypes are put through rigorous clinical tests to ensure it is as effective as it ought to be. It is run by the strict guidelines of the Food and Drug Administration before going into design. In this stage, the developers must be able to prove what types of hearing loss the specific medical device adheres to, and the situations that are experienced with hearing loss. From there, they break down into different classes of devices to ensure that you get the right device for your specific needs.

Check the lifecycle of the hearing aid here. There's a lot that goes on before the hearing aid makes it to your ear! 

Aesthetic design phase

After the technology is good to go, manufacturers get to work on ensuring the device is not only attractive, but also comfortable enough to wear everyday. One of the drawbacks about hearing solutions is that many believe hearing aid devices are cumbersome and unattractive, but with modern technological advancement, this is no longer so! Designers understand that customers want the most inconspicuous aid as possible, without compromising on quality or sound or comfort of fit.

These solutions are often relatively customisable to the user so, it's just a matter of educating the user on the right model for them.

Our team of experienced staff can help you out. Click here to make a booking for a FREE* hearing test, or call us on 1300 308 125 today.

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