Things are different since your great, great grandpa held an ear trumpet up to his ear. Modern hearing aids are able to do so much more than they could do even a decade ago. The advancement of hearing aid tech enables users to do activities that seemed unlikely in the past. Just think about these seven things hearing aids are now capable of doing.
1. Prevent Accidental Damage While Exercising
Jogging or riding a bike with a hearing aid in would have been unheard of in the past. When you are moving around, hearing aids can fall out even high quality ones. These days whether you are an athlete or novice it is possible to exercise while wearing your hearing aids.
However, the change is not only in the technology. You can still damage or lose your hearing aids if they fall out. Innovation wins out with a simple concept: hearing aid retention cords. It’s kind of like putting your hearing aids on a lanyard. They slide on to the devices and then clip to your clothes for safety. Hearing aid retention cords area great choice for kids, too.
2. Resist Water
Most hearing aids don’t do well when fully underwater despite the fact that they are water resistant. Waterproof hearing aids and a few accessories will be necessary if you want to go swimming with your hearing aid.
Protective coverings are available for your hearing aids. Waterproof Sleeves fit securely over the devices to protect them from water damage while still allowing you to hear. The majority of the sleeves have cords that connect to your clothing too, so you don’t lose the hearing aids while enjoying some summer activities.
A dehumidifier is another piece of equipment you may want to invest in. It doesn’t matter how cautious you are, some amount of water will get inside the case. The dehumidifier dries the devices out without damaging their complex electronic components.
3. Pair With Your Smartphone
Now when your phone rings you won’t need to take your hearing aids out. Not all hearing aid brands have this feature, however. You want to purchase hearing aids that are Bluetooth-enabled or have the wireless streaming capability. The same way that earbuds or headphones use Bluetooth to connect to your phone, these type of hearing aids also do that.
Would you like to stream a movie? This is another situation where wireless functionality come in handy. Sound from your MP3 player or TV can be picked up by a hearing aid that is equipped with Bluetooth technology.
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 right, hearing aids have machine learning capabilities. Certain devices will make volume adjustments depending on the setting by remembering your preference and you don’t have to do anything.
You can also just push a button and recall a specific setup stored in one of the numerous programs.
5. Make the Ringing Stop
Loss of hearing and tinnitus are closely linked for many people. You will hear sounds more clearly because your hearing aid can generate tinnitus masking noises. The masking noise cancels out the tinnitus, and that ringing goes away. Tinnitus masking is a specific feature, though, and not available from all brands. If you are shopping for hearing aids, and require this feature, you will have to ask for it.
6. Store Data
A powerful new function in hearing aids is data logging. The devices log things like when you use the hearing aids, times you make volume changes and what background noises you come across.
The advantage is your audiologist or hearing aid retailer can use this data to make crucial modifications to the devices to improve their sound or give you insight to go on when buying 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 functions are new, but they all let you do things with your hearing aids that weren’t possible years ago. Hearing aid tech is constantly progressing, too. If you go shopping for new hearing aids, be certain to check out the latest and greatest features. Schedule an appointment with a hearing care professional to see them all.