Now hear this: school colors, funky shapes suddenly make hearing aids relevant to the vain I couldn't help but smile when I read today's story in the New York Times about the latest trend in designer hearing aids. It seems the latest rage is hearing aids that come in school colors, or match the wearer's hair color or cause others to think you're wearing cool jewelry. Apparently, many people who need hearing aids are hesitant to wear them simply because they are concerned it marks them as "old" to need assistance with something as ordinary as hearing. We can hardly blame the makers of hearing aids. They're just trying to remain relevant by finding new ways to make their product more palatable. If offering them in leopard skin or in the God-awful orange favored by many college football teams is what it takes to get people to wear them, well, more power to them. Personally, I think it's sad that people are so vain they can't bear the thought of wearing a hearing aid. Do they not realize what a nuisance they are to others, who have to repeat themselves all the time? And why is that the same person who's worried about how they'll look in hearing aids will go out of the house dressed head to toe in Tennesee or Florida colors? I'd rather be thought old than seriously fashion-challenged. I'm glad companies like Oticon are doing what it takes to make hearing devices relevant to those who need them. I just hope that the hard of hearing will take action. It is hard to remain relevant as a business professional if you can't hear what's going on. In fact, a key to remaining relevant is being willing to admit when you can't do something, don't know something, or need to change something in order to fully participate and contribute at work and in life. I know whereof I speak. I've been wearing two programmable digital hearing aids that fit down in the ear canal since I was in my mid-40's and they've completely changed my life. I wish I had gotten them sooner. God only knows what I missed all those years or what I inadvertently agreed with or unfairly dismissed. I know my neighbors are glad I bought aids. For almost 5 years I called them (and introduced them to others as) Sam and Carol. It turns out they're really Cam and Meryl. Here's the takeaway: consider what you're doing (or not) to remain relevant and be honest about the need to assess ALL your skills and make necessary changes. If you own a company or produce a product, consider whether there are ways to breathe new life into your business by doing something as simple as making an aesthetic change.


At November 17, 2006 6:19 PM, Blogger Charlie Cory said...

Beggars belief really. When can people who need them, get what they need? I am sure that there are millions who clinically require hearing aids but don't know that they do, because they cannot afford to get tested?

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At December 07, 2006 12:21 AM, Blogger Silver Streak said...

A hearing aid of the tradtional kind usually lasts about three to five years with care and attention to maintenance to achieve that kind of lifespan. Constant exposure to the whine and grind of machinery over several years can be enough to wreck your hearing for life. With todays hearing losses happening at an earlier age; it is important to find aid hearing devices that are nearly invisible and compatible for the young children who must wear them.
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At September 24, 2008 1:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

People need not mourn today if they cannot hear. There are different types of hearing aids available today. However, all hearing aids have certain parts to carry sound from the environment into the ear, including
A microphone: It picks up the sound
An amplifier: It increases the volume of the sound
A speaker: It sends the sound into your ear.
A battery: The battery provides the power to the electronics parts


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