Since the days when your great, great grandpa used one of those ear trumpets to hear, things have changed. Even 10 years ago, hearing aids weren’t capable of doing the things they can do today. The development of hearing aid technology allows users to do activities that seemed impossible at one point. Hearing aids can now do the following things.
1. Don’t Fall Out While Exercising
Jogging or riding a bike while wearing a hearing aid would have been unheard of in the past. Even the highest quality hearing aids are subject to damage if they fall out while you are on the move. Today whether you are an athlete or beginner you can exercise while your hearing aid is in.
The change here is not in the technology, however. You can still damage or lose your hearing aids if they fall out. The simple principle of a hearing aid retention cord solves the problem. Consider it a lanyard for your hearing aids. They attach to the hearing aid and then clip to your clothes for safety. Hearing aid retention cords area smart choice for kids, too.
2. Resist Water
Most hearing aids don’t do well when fully submerged even though they are water resistant. Instead, if you want to go swimming you’ll need to get yourself waterproof hearing aids and think about a few accessories.
Protective coverings are available for your hearing aids. Waterproof Sleeves fit tightly over the devices to protect them from water damage while still allowing you to hear. Many of the sleeves come with cords that attach to your clothing too, so you don’t lose the hearing aids when you are enjoying some summer fun.
The second thing you might want to get is a dehumidifier for your hearing aids. Some water is going get inside the case no matter what you do. The dehumidifier dries the devices out without damaging their delicate electronic components.
3. Pair With Your Smartphone
Now when your phone rings you won’t have to take your hearing aids out. However, certain brands don’t have this feature. You want to invest in hearing aids that are Bluetooth-enabled or have the wireless streaming capability. This technology allows them to pair with your phone the same way Bluetooth earbuds or headphones do.
Interested in streaming a movie? This is another case where wireless functionality come in handy. With Bluetooth or wireless, the hearing aids can pick up sound from your TV or MP3 player.
The majority of hearing aids have a telephone adaptation, as well, that works for both cell phones or landlines. Signals from your phone can be heard in your hearing aid thanks to a telecoil.
That’s correct, hearing aids have machine learning capabilities. Some devices will remember what volume you prefer in different settings and will make the adjustment without you doing a thing, for instance.
They can also come with multiple programs so you can store a specific setup in the memory and press a button to recall it when the time is right.
5. Make the Ringing Stop
Loss of hearing and tinnitus go hand in hand for many people. You will hear sounds more clearly because your hearing aid can generate tinnitus masking noises. The ringing will go away after the masking sound cancels the tinnitus. Tinnitus masking is a specific feature, though, and not available from all brands. Be certain you ask for it if you are shopping for hearing aids.
6. Store Data
A compelling new feature in hearing aids is data logging. Volume adjustments, when you use the hearing aid, and background noises you encounter are examples of things that are logged by these devices.
The benefit is your audiologist or hearing aid retailer can pull up this data to make crucial modifications to the devices to improve their sound or give you insight to go on when purchasing new hearing aids.
7. Go Remote
You can conveniently lower the volume, change the program, or use your hearing aid as a Bluetooth streaming device if you have a remote.
Not all of these features are new, but they all help you to do things with your hearing aids that weren’t possible years ago. Also, advancements in hearing aid technology are always being made. If you’re buying new hearing aids, be sure to take a look at the latest and greatest features. Make an appointment with a hearing care specialist to see them all.