You want to know more about hearing aid’s history?
Hearing loss was known for centuries and men have worked out this problem to find palliative solutions. Actually, the first ancestor of our hearing aid devices goes back to the 16th century and since then hearing technology has evolved so much.
All along the 16th and the end of the 17th century, the first hearing aids looked like a horn which nozzle was inserted in the ear of the person with hearing loss. These special horns were adapted in regards to hearing loss level of each person and fitted to take different shapes allowing sounds amplification.
Later in the 18th century, the use of the hearing aid inherited from our ancestors became fashionable for the richest. In a seemingly uncommon way, this fashion was of great use in developing handy designs for hearing aids accommodating people with real hard hearing problem.
The 19th century saw the electricity discovery coupled with Mr. Bell’s telephone and it changed forever the hearing health universe regarding treatment of hearing loss. Now the sounds could be amplified with electric batteries. In that era, the batteries were heavy, huge and cumbersome and lasted only few hours. Fortunately, in the fifties, technology made giant steps to miniaturize batteries and enhance batteries life expectancy. In the nineties, the digital technology inspired a wide range of ideas to the hearing aids manufacturers in order to improve the comfort of their clients wearing hearing devices adapted to their needs.
Today’s hearing aids are the highest-performance devices ever fabricated. The newest technologies allow us to offer the best devices on the market. Actual hearing aids can stand on a fingertip and are highly adaptable to environmental sound for the hard hearing person.
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Hany Ghonaim, audiologist
Hany is an audiologist that specializes in tinnitus, hearing loss for adults and vertigo. He has been serving ODYO’s clients for the past 5 years in the greater montreal area.