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What to Expect From Hearing Aid Technology in 2022 and Beyond

Hearing Aid Technology

If you’ve long been thinking about upgrading your current hearing aids, 2022 may just provide you with the nudge you need to take the leap. With impressive key technologies being adapted across hearing aid manufacturers, the Australian hearing aid market is bound to surprise you with user-centric designs that deliver the very best in hearing care. 

So what does hearing aid technology have in store for you in 2022? Continue reading to find out! 

Prevalence of Hearing Disabilities is Driving The Market

In Australia, one in six children and adults have hearing loss. The prevalence of hearing loss was estimated to be 3.95 million people in 2020, equaling 15.3 per cent of the Australian population – an increase of 9.7% from 2017.

The ever-growing presence of hearing loss is primarily blamed on excessive exposure to loud sounds and the effects of an aging population. Both age and noise exposure are additive, leading to early-onset hearing loss in middle age – a condition that would typically mostly be seen in people aged 65 years and over. 

This development is a significant driver of the hearing market’s growth, as high numbers of people suffering from hearing loss hugely increase the demand for more and better hearing aid devices. 

Knowing this, it won’t come as a surprise to you that the global hearing aid market was valued at about $4 billion in 2018 and is expected to grow by $4.68 billion throughout 2022

To improve the experience of hearing aid wearers, hearing aid manufacturers are delivering greater personalisation, more convenient remote access, increased digitisation, and importantly – better value for money.

The Rise of Hearing Aid Assistive Technology

Hearing Aid Assistive Technology

What began in 2021 with the boom of assistive hearing technology will continue with the release of devices that integrate seamlessly with mainstream devices. Apps can be expected to play a major role in this, turning every tablet and smartphone into hearing-assistive devices themselves. 

Modern smartphones are getting better and better with each iteration and will likely always beat the processing power of hearing aids, which is the leading cause for issues hearing in background noise. On top of that, limited hearing aid power consumption can hardly keep up with intensive processing needs – a problem that smartphone manufacturers have solved successfully. 

If smartphones do a better job processing speech in noise than hearing aids, it raises an obvious question: How can smartphones make understanding speech easier for hearing loss sufferers? In theory, the sound could get picked up by hearing aids, sent to the phone, processed and sent back. 

The problem hearing aid manufacturers now have to tackle lies in the latency between receiving and processing sound: To you, as the hearing aid wearer, the sounds you’d hear wouldn’t be in sync with what is occurring or being said. 

And there are other growing pains besides the not-quite-there technology, including the cost of such devices. So whilst 2022 promises excellent potential in this area, traditional hearing aids will remain the best overall solution until the wireless latency issue can be solved. 

Artificial Intelligence is Taking Over

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) may not be a new player on the field, but it keeps reinventing the game. We can expect hearing aids with artificial intelligence to once again level up how sound is being processed in 2022. 

AI technology mirrors how your brain naturally responds to stimuli – just as if you had ‘normal’ hearing. Hearing aids like Starkey’s Edge already tap into this innovative technology.

Knowing your preferred volume control settings and program preferences, AI-powered hearing aids automatically adjust when a particular sound environment is detected without you having to do anything at all!  

Rest assured that 2022 will see more and improved real-time machine learning algorithms launched to personalise your hearing experience with bespoke listening programs.  

Customised 3D Printed Hearing Aid Devices

3D printing is a trend that has broken into mainstream use over the past years. 3D printing produces objects from 2D models, unprecedented in quality of fitting, comfort and customisation opportunities.  

But whilst 3D printing was invented in the 1980s, it took until 2019 for precision, repeatability, and material range to reach a level that allowed for use in large scale industrial production. 

Since 2020, fused deposition modelling (FDM) has become the most common 3D printing process. Today, 3D printing allows the manufacturing of complex shapes, including hollow parts that reduce overall weight and is prevalent in the global hearing aid devices market.

Hearing aid manufacturers like Sonova are already using 3D printing to produce hearing aid devices customised to each wearer’s individual ear canal anatomy and degree of hearing loss. 

Hearing Aids in 2022: A Year Full of Surprises 

It’s hard to say what exactly hearing aids will look like in the future. But as the sophistication of technology reaches new heights, we’re sure to see real-world benefits for you as the hearing aid wearer. 

If you’re on the market for a new pair of hearing aids, we hope this summary will help you make an informed purchase decision! Don’t forget that every hearing journey begins with a comprehensive hearing assessment undertaken by a qualified audiologist. 

At Attune Hearing, we pride ourselves on being an independent provider of first-class hearing services. As Australia’s largest accredited hearing healthcare provider, our trusted audiologists are the preferred hearing care partners for thousands of Australians. 

If you are ready to start your journey to better hearing health with us, give us a call at 📞 ​​1300 736 702 or book an appointment online

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