Now that the summer travel season is upon us, many Floridians are making plans to visit other parts of the country to see family and friends.
Traveling can be difficult for anyone but traveling with hearing loss presents a unique set of challenges. Unfamiliar surroundings, new schedules and different processes make it even more critical to be able to communicate and know what’s going on around us.
May is Better Hearing and Speech Month, an ideal time to learn more about how we can have better listening experiences while we’re traveling by plane, train or automobile. The month’s theme is “Communication Across the Lifespan.”
Manatee Ear Center in Bradenton, Florida is excited about some of the technological developments that make traveling with hearing loss a better experience.
Hearing Loop in the Airport
This spring, the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport became the first airport in Florida to implement a hearing loop system. This assistive listening system sends important airport and gate updates to a person’s hearing aids so they can clearly hear the messages, which can be almost impossible to hear among the typical background noises of an airport.
With a third of the Suncoast region’s population over the age of 65 – and 40% of adults either having hearing aids or hearing loss – this is a revolutionary step in improving the quality of life for residents.
In addition to airports, hearing loops are making their way to more public spaces such as movie theaters, conference halls, churches and more. Individuals with hearing aids switch them to the telecoil program, which automatically receives the speech straight from the source. This sound is of high quality, free of most background noise.
Hearing Aids With Telecoil Availability
The Opn S™ and Siya™ from Oticon both have telecoil capabilities, allowing you to tune in to hearing loop programs.
Siya helps you hear and enjoy the rich details of sounds you may otherwise miss – these hearing aids deliver premium sound quality, effective noise reduction, and convenient connectivity to a wide variety of electronic devices.
The Opn S delivers speech understanding that closely mimics the experience of normal hearing via a 360-degree soundscape, easy connectivity to smart devices and the OpenSound Optimizer system that detects and stops whistling before you even hear it.