Since the days when your great, great grandpa used one of those ear trumpets to hear, things have changed. Modern hearing aids are able to do so much more than they could do even a decade ago. The development of hearing aid technology permits users to do activities that were unlikely at one point. Just consider these seven things hearing aids are currently able to do.
1. Don’t Fall Out While Exercising
Jogging or riding a bike with a hearing aid in would have been unheard of in the past. Even top quality hearing aids are subject to damage if they fall out while you are on the move. These days whether you are an athlete or novice you can exercise while your hearing aid is in.
However, the evolution is not just in the technology. Hearing aids that fall out can still get broken or lost. Innovation wins out with a simple concept: hearing aid retention cords. It’s sort of like having your hearing aids on a lanyard. They clip to your clothes and connect to the hearing aid as a security measure. Kids will also benefit from hearing aid retention cords.
2. Resist Water
Most hearing aids don’t do well when fully submerged despite the fact that they are water resistant. Waterproof hearing aids and a few accessories will be required if you want to swim with your hearing aid.
Begin with a raincoat for your hearing aids. Your device is shielded by waterproof sleeves that fit snugly over them and still allows you to hear. A cord is also included with most sleeves so you won’t lose your hearing aid when enjoying summer activities.
Another thing you may want to get is a dehumidifier for your hearing aids. No matter how careful you are, some amount of water will get into the case. The unit gets dried out by the dehumidifier without causing damage to the sensitive components.
3. Pair With Your Smartphone
Now when your phone rings you don’t need to remove your hearing aids. Not all hearing aid brands do this, however. Wireless streaming capability and Bluetooth enabling are capabilities you will want to think about when buying new hearing aids. This technology lets them pair with your phone just like Bluetooth earbuds or headphones do.
Interested in streaming a movie? Wireless is useful in this situation, too. Sound from your MP3 player or TV can be received by a hearing aid that is equipped with Bluetooth technology.
The majority of hearing aids come with a telephone adaptation, also, that works for both cell phones or landlines. Telephone adaptation uses a telecoil to receive signals from the phones so you can hear them in your hearing aids.
That’s right, machine learning capabilities are available in many models. Some devices will remember what volume you prefer in different environments and will make the adjustment without you having to do anything, for instance.
You can also just push a button and load a specific setup stored in one of the multiple programs.
5. Make the Ringing Go Away
For lots of people tinnitus and loss of hearing are closely linked. Hearing aids which come with tinnitus maskers or sound generators will play a low-level sound in the background that masks the ringing, so you hear sounds clearer. The ringing will subside after the masking sound cancels the tinnitus. Tinnitus masking is a specific feature, though, and not available from all brands. If you are shopping for hearing aids, and want this feature, you will need to ask for it.
6. Store Data
Data logging is one of the newer features in hearing aid technology but a compelling one. The devices log things like when you use the hearing aids, times you make volume adjustments and what background sounds you come across.
The advantage is your audiologist or hearing aid retailer can pull up this data to make essential adjustments to the devices to enhance their sound or give you insight to go on when purchasing new hearing aids.
7. Go Remote
You can quickly lower the volume, change the program, or use your hearing aid as a Bluetooth streaming device if it comes with a remote.
Not all of these features are new, but they all help you to do things with your hearing aids that were impossible years ago. Hearing aid tech is always advancing, too. Be certain to check out the latest features when you’re buying a new hearing aid. To see them all, schedule an appointment with a hearing specialist right away.