Google’s Solution to Hearing Loss & How It Can Help You

11/12/2020 | Hearing Loss, Patient Resources

Hearing loss can be detrimental because it’s difficult to know what’s going on around you. Many in the deaf community are concerned about missing critical information, especially when they’re asleep. The good news is that there have been a number of technological advances made in recent years to provide more benefits to those who suffer from hearing loss. Google, in particular, has a solution to help with hearing loss.

Available Google Technology

Google has already developed Android phones to listen to its surroundings. It is this reason why you are able to interact with your phone using voice control. Now, an accessibility feature has been created so that push notifications are sent when a sound is detected.

The sound notifications can tell you all about the sounds around you – a smoke or fire alarm, a knock at the door, dogs barking, and even appliances beeping. The phone listens and compensates for the sounds that you cannot hear.

Google announced that the notifications were designed to support the estimated 466 million people suffering from hearing loss globally. The phone will notify you in a way that you choose within the settings. A push notification will appear on the phone, your phone will vibrate, or the camera light will flash. Even if you are wearing headphones or have temporary hearing loss, you can take advantage of these new notifications.

Other Tech to Help with Hearing Loss

All sorts of technological innovations have been introduced to help deaf and those who are hard of hearing. Fire alarms, for example, can feature not only strobe lights but also vibration notifications. Bluetooth hearing aids can make it possible to stream music, TV, and even phone calls directly into the ear. Hearing aids can also feature advanced settings to make it easier to adjust based on the setting that you’re in – a loud restaurant, an outdoor festival, or a quiet office.

It’s important to know that there are ways that technology can help you. Hearing loss may not be reversible, but it doesn’t have to impact your life in such a dramatic way. The first step toward determining what solutions can benefit you is to get your hearing loss tested. It will make it easier to explore solutions that are customized to meet your needs.

Get Help with Hearing Loss

Anyone who has experienced hearing loss should focus on getting tested. Approximately one in three people experience hearing loss after the age of 65 – and some start much sooner due to injuries. At Audiology and Hearing Aid Associates, we have been providing comprehensive services to the people in La Grande, Oregon for years. From hearing loss to tinnitus, we offer solutions that make it easier for people to manage the issues.

It’s all about a custom approach. Everyone’s hearing is unique in terms of the level of loss, the sounds that can still be heard, and more. When you want to learn about how Google’s solution and other tech can help you, contact us for an appointment. As an experienced audiologist, I look forward to talking to you about how the latest technology can support your lifestyle.

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Erika Shakespeare CCC-A

Erika Shakespeare, CCC-A, specializes in pediatric and adult diagnostics and amplification. Working with adults to help manage tinnitus and hearing loss since 2002, she is an expert in both of these areas. Additionally, she is a pediatric audiology mentor and educator for pediatric audiologists across the country and is one of the most respected experts on pediatric audiology.

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