Without a doubt, hearing aids
are some of the most useful products ever launched, these tiny, in-ear devices helping users with various disabilities enjoy an near-normal life. Moreover, the evolution of modern technology has made these things smaller, more unobtrusive
and more portable than ever before, and that's pretty much the case with the new Alera system from ReSound, which also offers another very interesting feature: no wires.
Touted by ReSound as the world's first-ever truly wireless hearing aid, the Alera and the accompanying Unite wireless accessories work on the 2.4 GHz frequency and allow users to tune directly into their TV and connect their mobile phone to their hearing aid via Bluetooth technology, practically opening up a whole new range of applications.
Because Alera uses 2.4 GHz wireless technology, it can be easily fitted without the use of a bulky device to connect the hearing aid to the fitting software. All that is needed is the AirLink fitting accessory, which is inserted into the USB port of a computer. This technology, though new to hearing aids, has been proven in the gaming industry and in the use of wireless keyboards.
"Other wireless technologies used in the hearing industry
require the user to wear inconvenient accessories around their neck," said Dr. Laurel Christensen, Chief Audiology Officer, ReSound. "With Alera, there is no intermediary device, the signal goes directly to the hearing aid and users have complete freedom."
"Traditionally it has been hard for hearing aid users to connect directly to their TVs or telephones," added Dr. Christensen. "Alera makes this easy, streaming the sound from these devices directly to their hearing aids. AleraTM will allow a user to be successful in more situations than ever, making their overall satisfaction with hearing aids that much higher."
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