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Hearing Aids have evolved from an ear trumpet in the 17th century to invisible hearing aids in the 21st century. Check out the History of Hearing Aids.

The Evolution of the Hearing Aid

From the humble ear trumpet to invisible hearing aids – technology has transformed hearing loss treatment and the lives of millions.

Since the 17th century, people have been dedicated to finding the very best hearing solutions – making them smaller, more powerful and affordable.

Hearing aid devices - such as the Lyric - are now invisible to the naked eye, completely sweat-proof and shower-proof, and suitable to be worn for months at a time.

But while devices have improved, the demand for hearing aids is continuing to rise.     

Hearing Loss in Australia

  • 1 in 6 Australians are affected by hearing loss, but this number will jump to 1 in 4 by 2054, due to Australia's aging population.
  • 1 in 3 people over the age of 50 are affected by hearing loss and for those over the age of 60 - it’s 1 in 2.
  • The estimated annual financial cost of hearing loss in Australia is $11.75 billion.

The Good News: Hearing Loss is preventable

Hearing loss prevention is key to decreasing the chances of hearing loss later in life. Research has proven that hearing loss is one of the world’s most preventable impairments.

Connect Hearing has in-depth information about hearing loss prevention and tips on how to decrease the chances of hearing loss later in life.

Connect Hearing also has a free, quick and easy online hearing test to enable you to assess your hearing health.

The online hearing test consists of two parts, each with a maximum length of 2 minutes. A summary of your results will be shown at the end of both tests.

The Future of Hearing Aids

The potential future of hearing aids is almost limitless. As research and continue to evolve, the future may include:

  • Devices powered by the human body
  • Cochlear regeneration by regrowing hair cells within the ear

For more on the future of hearings aids and the complete history of hearing aid solutions, see Connect Hearing’s Evolution of the Hearing Aid infographic. 

Infographic: The evolution of hearing aids. This image shows the evolution of hearing devices from the 17th century to modernity.