HEARING AIDS - iPhone Technology III - REMOTE CONTROL
The newest designed Hearing Aids are all of the type Classified as Programmable Digital Hearing Aids which means they are of the type that use Digital Signal Processing (DSP) as opposed to Analog Signal Processing (ASP) that are also available as programmable.
Digital is used because it is more readily available, is quicker, more accurate, and provides more potential and capabilities. Because of the demand and popularity, it may also be less expensive.
Usually, the first thing that has to be accomplished when either a Custom Made Hearing Aid or a Mass Produced Standard (Behind-the-Ear) Hearing Aid is to be fitted to somebodys ear and hearing loss, is that the Hearing Aid has to be programmed and adjusted to that Specific Person and their Specific Hearing Loss.
The Real World Experience is that the Electronic Settings have to be changed from what the Industry calls the "First" or "Initial Fitting" which is determined by the Manufacturer, based on Theory and the Experience, of having built millions of hearing losses.
But as anyone and everyone, in the Hearing Aid Industry knows, that has been in the business longer than 30 days, A Hearing Loss, and A Hearing Aid User, and the Wearing Of A Hearing Aid Experience, is totally and absolutely UNIQUE AND SUBJECTIVE to the INDIVIDUAL.
No Two People Are Alike.
The Adjustments performed by the Hearing Aid Dispenser through the use of a Computer and the Appropriate Software, are really nothing more than experimenting with different Electronic Changes and Responses, and altering the amplification characteristics. This Process is continued until the Hearing Aid User is Satisfied, or worn out. The Hearing Aid User finally realizes he either has to accept the limitations of a Hearing Aid or request a Refund of the Purchase Price.
The Experience of the Hearing Aid Prospect is usually dependent upon the Experience and Dedication and Competence of the Hearing Aid Dispenser, regardless of what they call themselves or their professional title is.
In my mind, there is no reason why a Remote Control and the Respective Hearing Aids, could not be designed so that a Hearing Aid Dispenser Service would not be required.
All the adjustments that a Hearing Aid Dispenser makes through the use of a Computer, could be performed by the Hearing Aid User through a Remote Control.
If a Consumer can use a Remote Control for almost Every Device made, whether its for the TV or the iPhone, and everything else Electronic, why couldn't they program their own Hearing Aid.
Since probably 95% of all the Options available in a Hearing Aid Software Program, are never used, to me that means they are not necessary.
Those adjustments that are necessary, could easily be provided through the Hearing Aid and the Remote Control.
Just think how much less the Purchase of a Hearing Aid would be if a Hearing Aid Dispenser was not involved.
Hearing Aids could be purchased for hundreds of dollars, instead of thousands.
Maybe the introduction of such a Product would either benefit the Hearing Aid User or benefit the Hearing Aid Dispenser.
Those that really needed the services of a Hearing Aid Dispenser would have to pay for such Services, and those that didn't, could pay less for the Benefit of a Hearing Aid.
To me it makes a lot of sense.
I think thats the Future of the Hearing Aid Industry.
Its interesting, that even in the United Kingdom, where Hearing Aids are provided FREE through the Government Health Service Program, there are People still willing to buy them in the Open Market.
Just as in the United States, where most Military Veterans can receive Hearing Aids FREE from the Government, rather than go through the hassle, there are those Veterans willing to buy Hearing Aids in the Open Market.
In any event, the above is food for thought.