Things are different since your great, great grandfather held an ear trumpet up to his ear. Even a decade ago, hearing aids weren’t capable of doing the things they can do today. Activities that were impossible a few years in the past are now possible because of innovations in hearing aid tech. Just consider these seven things hearing aids are currently able to do.
1. Prevent Accidental Damage While Exercising
At one time, it would have been unheard of to ride a bike or jog while wearing your hearing aids. Even the highest quality hearing aids can be damaged if they fall out while you are exercising. Now you can to wear your hearing aids when you’re working out whether you are a novice or an athlete.
The evolution here is not in the technology, though. Hearing aids that fall out can still become damaged or lost. The basic concept of a hearing aid retention cord solves the problem. Consider it a lanyard for your hearing aids. They slide on to the hearing aid and then clip to your clothes for safety. Kids will also benefit from hearing aid retention cords.
2. Resist Water
While it is true many hearing aids are resistant to water, they still don’t do well when completely immersed. Instead, if you want to go swimming you’ll need to invest in waterproof hearing aids and think about some accessories.
Start with a protective covering for your hearing aids. Your device is protected by waterproof sleeves that fit securely 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. It doesn’t matter how cautious you are, some water will get into the case. The dehumidifier dries the units out without damaging their fragile electronic components.
3. Pair With Your Smartphone
No more having to remove your hearing aid every time your phone rings. However, certain brands don’t have this feature. Wireless streaming capability and Bluetooth enabling are capabilities 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 is useful in this situation, as well. With Bluetooth or wireless, the hearing aids can receive sound from your TV or MP3 player.
Also, for cell phones or landlines, these hearing aids have a phone function. 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 make volume adjustments depending on the environment by remembering your preference and you don’t need to do anything.
You can also just press a button and recall a particular setup stored in one of the numerous programs.
5. Getting Rid of The Ringing
For many people tinnitus and hearing loss go hand in hand. You will hear sounds better because your hearing aid can generate tinnitus masking noises. The masking sound cancels out the tinnitus, and that ringing stops. Not all brands include this tinnitus masking tech. If you are shopping for hearing aids, and need this feature, you will need to ask for it.
6. Store Data
A compelling new feature in hearing aids is data logging. Volume changes, when you use the hearing aid, and background noises you encounter are examples of things that are logged by these devices.
Essential modifications can be made when your audiologist or hearing aid retailer a*/ccess this data improving sound quality.
7. Go Remote
Hearing aids with remotes allow you to quickly change programs, lower the volume or even act as a Bluetooth streaming device.
Not all of these features are new, but they all let you do things with your hearing aids that weren’t possible years ago. Hearing aid technology is constantly progressing, too. Be sure to take a look at the latest features when you’re buying a new hearing aid. Make an appointment with a hearing care expert to see them all.