The Impact of Technology on Accessibility
By David Fabry
The potential that technological advances have to impact our society is boundless. As we have seen in recent years, the right mix of ingenuity, resources, and grit can have remarkable outcomes for our society— especially regarding healthcare and technology.
We have entered an age where advances in science and medical devices can not only solve problems people have faced for years, but they can also enhance people’s lives in ways we never before expected. Companies in the healthcare sphere especially should internalize this new reality, and use it to drive their creativity and innovations.
At ReSound, we have recognized the simple idea that technology can do more to help those with hearing impairment, and let it spark some of our best advancements.
U.S. National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders research from 2014 found that individuals who are losing, or have lost their hearing, are more likely to suffer from anxiety and depression than their counterparts who have not. It is not hard to see why. Feeling shutout from social interactions, missing quiet but essential notes, or being forced to dedicate serious time to regulating hearing could impact anyone.
This is where technology must play a critical role. Consider how these issues, and more, can be reduced through technology’s power to benefit the hearing impaired and tackle challenges like the inability to process sounds, the need to travel for audiological adjustments, or the difficulties of remaining active in the workforce.
The small, discreet hearing aids house revolutionary connectivity that allows users with any form of hearing loss to stream calls, music, GPS directions, and other audio directly from their smart devices. The ReSound Smart app grants them a discreet and intuitive way to control their own hearing experience straight from their wrists – eliminating stigma associated with adjusting a hearing aid. We believe these qualities are crucial to offering an exceptional user-experience in today’s technological landscape.
Advancements in medical technology is the 21st century equivalent of the age of exploration, in that sense. Researchers, doctors, and entrepreneurs will always be able to push further to try new ideas – all in the hopes of making life sound better for our users.
It is a unique opportunity, as well as a responsibility we hold alongside other healthcare professionals to take seriously. Demanding and driving innovation can change what is possible for individuals with specific needs, and together we must continually push the limits to provide people with the support they wish for.
David Fabry is the Vice President of Global Medical Affairs at ReSound, a leading international developer and manufacturer of innovative hearing healthcare solutions committed to let people hear more, do more and be more than they ever thought possible. The company has reinvented the hearing system with its revolutionary ReSound Smart™ Hearing aids that give impressive sound and personal freedom to hearing aid users through wireless smartphone and tablet connectivity. ReSound is part of GN Group comprising a unique portfolio of medical, professional & consumer sound solutions that make life sound better through its research, insights, and expertise in sound. Learn more at resound.com.