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Hearing Aids have evolved from an ear trumpet in the 17th century to invisible hearing aids in the 21st century. Check out the History of Hearing Aids.
Modern hearing aids are tiny, high-performance computers. Thanks to digital technology and sophisticated software, they can considerably improve our ability to hear and therefore our quality of life. Their ability to connect wirelessly to other devices, such as mobile phones or TVs, is nothing short of revolutionary. 

The evolution of the hearing aid

From the humble ear trumpet to invisible hearing aids – technology has transformed hearing loss treatment and the lives of millions.

Since the 17th century, people have been dedicated to finding the very best hearing solutions – making them smaller, more powerful and affordable.

Hearing aid devices - such as the Lyric hearing device - are now invisible to the naked eye, completely sweat-proof and shower-proof, and suitable to be worn for months at a time.

But while devices have improved, the demand for hearing aids is continuing to rise.    

Hearing loss in New Zealand

  • 1 in 6 New Zealanders are affected by hearing loss.
  • 3 in 5 people over the age of 60 are affected by hearing loss.
  • The estimated annual financial cost of hearing loss in New Zealand is $4.9 billion.

The good news: Hearing loss is preventable

Hearing loss prevention is key to decreasing the chances of hearing loss later in life. Research has proven that hearing loss is one of the world’s most preventable impairments.

Connect Hearing has in-depth information about hearing loss prevention and tips on how to decrease the chances of hearing loss later in life.

Connect Hearing also has a free, quick and easy online hearing test to enable you to assess your hearing health.

The online hearing test consists of two parts, each with a maximum length of 2 minutes. A summary of your results will be shown at the end of both tests.

The future of hearing aids

The potential future of hearing aids is almost limitless. As research and continue to evolve, the future may include:
  • Devices powered by the human body
  • Cochlear regeneration by regrowing hair cells within the ear
For more on the future of hearings aids and the complete history of hearing aid solutions, see Triton Hearing’s Evolution of the Hearing Aid infographic. 
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