Hearing is essential; not only does it bring joy and delight to our lives, it is critical to longevity. One of the main predictors of healthspan and lifespan is the presence of community in a person’s life. If there is a commonality to the Blue Zones, it is that they all have very tight communities. If there is a loss of hearing, then making connections to our fellows becomes increasingly difficult. We need to think of hearing loss as comorbidity, just as we would any other chronic health issue. There is considerable data on the linkage between hearing loss and diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Hearing loss is something that will have a profound effect on our ability to be social, and thus on our health.
The smallest in-canal, rechargeable hearing aid on the market, and extremely comfortable
Fortunately, there have been massive improvements in the technology that will allow us with hearing impairments to hear clearly again. Cutting-edge direct-to-consumer hearing company Eargo has just released the impressively advanced Eargo 5. The result of 4 years of research and work, this virtually invisible hearing aid has been masterfully designed. No more fumbling with batteries, the Eargo 5 is completely rechargeable using new contactless recharging, with magnets to easily place in the charging area powering the device, with up to 16 hours of charge time. The Eargo 5 is the smallest in-canal, rechargeable hearing aid on the market, and in my experience of wearing them all day, extremely comfortable.
The new Eargo app has a feature called Sound Match™. It specifically tunes each Eargo to one’s exact needs. I think of myself as having good hearing, but when I used sound match I found that I have mild high-frequency loss in my left ear. Using the Eargos with sound match applied was a rather amazing experience. It was a bit like when I first put on glasses in the 6th grade and the world became much sharper.
Because only my specific frequency loss was adjusted for, the music listening experience expanded to something that I had not had before
The first thing I did was to play a couple of pieces of music I was very familiar with: American Girl from Tom Petty, and Bad Guy from Billie Eilish. They were both better; in fact, much better than I had ever heard them. I could discern more sounds; the timber was more dynamic, the finger snaps so life-like. Because only my specific frequency loss was adjusted for, rather than the blunt solution of most hearing aids with all sounds made louder, the music listening experience was expanded to something that I had not had before. It was a big WOW moment. I love sound and I love music, and being able to experience it this way was really something. I had no idea what I had been missing. Of course, I then started to go through a whole range of music from Bowie to Schubert to hear for the first time all the sounds I had been missing.
We all need to get a yearly hearing check-up — free on the Eargo site — in the same way we see our dentist or get a yearly physical. Hearing loss is often gradual, it sneaks up on us, and I want to stay on top of any changes that may happen. This is where Eargo 5s and Sound Match make so much sense. If we have a bit of loss, SoundMatch™ is able to bring us just the right amount of correction, just like I have in my glasses.
Take it from someone who thought they had perfect hearing — have a visit to the Eargo site and take their online hearing test. If you need an ally in helping you to hear with the crystal clarity you used to, the Eargo 5 is a great choice. They come with a 45-day money-back guarantee, so there is no risk in checking them out. Start hearing the world the way you were meant to.