As I took my winter stroll today, decked out in snug, warm wool hat with earmuffs pressed over my sunglasses - the incessant shushing sound of my HAIR rubbing on top of the BTE mics, I got to thinking …
What if we were to post our list of “dream features” for future hearing aids? I’m reading a lot about AI, data mining, program functions, yada yada for aids, but what I’m not seeing on the market is my own personal list of dream features.
Please post yours. Who knows? Maybe someone from one of the HA makers will stumble across this thread and build our wishes into future aids, instead of run off in a tech-oriented direction to serve up functionality that misses the boat.
MY DREAM LIST
- Comfort and an optimal seal for the receivers in my ear canals. Maybe a flexible material that would not cause allergic reaction, but would effectively remove any chance for leaky-squeaky feedback. The matchstick-shaped, long receiver with BTEs is simply not comfy to jam into our curved ear canals.
- Superior SPEECH handling in a variety of environments: noisy places, over concert-loud music, from soft-spoken speakers. Perhaps be able to stream conversation like we stream phone calls, TVs and laptops.
- Optimal mic placement. Somehow, get the mic AND receiver into the cup of the ear. Why do BTE aids have the mic sit like an 11th finger over the backs of our ears? The mic points at the ceiling, rustles when even brushed lightly by hair, hats, glasses frames. Couldn’t aids be curled up IN the ear cup for better sound quality and the end of distorted noise?
- Truly flexible ear wire - Most of the ear wires with BTE aids has a muleish memory that prevents it from laying FLAT against our ears and not sticking out to catch on combs, fingers, etc.
- Zany color choices - Our aids could be a design statement or something unobtrusive if folks prefer. We need more than BMW car colors out there!
Well, this is a start. If I think of other things, I’ll come back and add to this list. What would YOU like to see in the perfect pair of aids?