Since the times when your great, great grandfather used one of those ear trumpets to hear, things have changed. Even 10 years ago, hearing aids weren’t able to do the things they can do now. Activities that were not possible a few years in the past are now possible due to innovations in hearing aid tech. Hearing aids can now do the following things.
1. Prevent Accidental Damage While Exercising
At one time, it would have been risky to ride a bike or go jogging with your hearing aids in place. When you are moving around, hearing aids can fall out and that even goes for high quality devices. Nowadays whether you are an athlete or beginner you can exercise while your hearing aid is in.
However, the evolution is not only in the technology. Hearing aids that fall out can still get broken or lost. The simple principle of a hearing aid retention cord solves the problem. It’s kind of like putting your hearing aids on a lanyard. They clip to your clothes and connect to the hearing aid as a safety measure. Kids will also benefit from hearing aid retention cords.
2. Resist Water
While it is true most hearing aids are resistant to water, they still won’t do well when fully immersed. Instead, if you want to swim you’ll need to get waterproof hearing aids and consider a few accessories.
Begin with a protective covering for your hearing aids. Waterproof Sleeves fit securely over the devices to shield them from water damage while still allowing you to hear. Many of the sleeves come with cords that connect to your clothing too, so you won’t lose the hearing aids when you are enjoying some summer fun.
A dehumidifier is an additional piece of equipment you may want to get. It doesn’t matter how careful you are, some amount of water will get into the case. The dehumidifier dries the devices out without damaging their delicate electronic parts.
3. Pair With Your Smartphone
No more taking the hearing aid out every time your phone rings. Not all hearing aid brands have this feature, however. Wireless streaming capability and Bluetooth enabling are features you will want to think about when buying new hearing aids. The same way that earbuds or headphones use Bluetooth to connect to your phone, these kinds of hearing aids also do that.
Want to stream a movie? Wireless comes in handy in this situation, as well. Sound from your MP3 player or TV can be picked up by a hearing aid that has Bluetooth technology.
The majority of hearing aids come with a telephone adaptation, also, that works for cell phones or landlines. Telephone adaptation uses a telecoil to receive signals from the phones so you can hear them through your hearing aids.
That’s right, machine learning features are available in many models. Some devices will remember what volume you prefer in different situations and will make the adjustment without you having to do anything, for example.
You can also just push a button and recall a specific setup stored in one of the numerous programs.
5. Make the Ringing Go Away
For many people tinnitus and loss of hearing go hand in hand. Hearing aids that come with tinnitus maskers or sound generators will play a low-level sound in the background that masks the ringing, so you hear sounds better. The masking noise cancels out the tinnitus, and that ringing stops. 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
Data logging is one of the more recent features in hearing aid technology but a powerful one. Volume adjustments, when you use the hearing aid, and background noises you come across are examples of things that are logged by these devices.
Crucial adjustments can be made when your audiologist or hearing aid retailer a*/ccess this information improving sound quality.
7. Go Remote
Hearing aids with remotes enable you to quickly change programs, adjust the volume or even act as a Bluetooth streaming device.
All of these functions allow you to do things that weren’t possible years ago even though they aren’t all brand new. Hearing aid tech is always advancing, too. Be sure to take a look at the latest features when you’re shopping for a new hearing aid. To see them all, make an appointment with a hearing professional right away.