Since the times 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 tech allows users to do activities that seemed unlikely in the past. 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. When you are physically active, hearing aids can fall out even high quality ones. Now you can to keep your hearing aids in while working out whether you are a beginner or an athlete.
The evolution here is not in the technology, though. You can still break or lose your hearing aids if they fall out. Innovation wins out with a simple concept: hearing aid retention cords. Consider it a lanyard for your hearing aids. 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 underwater despite the fact that they are water resistant. Instead, if you want to go swimming you’ll need to get yourself waterproof hearing aids and consider a few accessories.
Begin with a protective covering for your hearing aids. Your device is shielded by waterproof sleeves that fit snugly over them and still allows you to hear. A cord also comes with most sleeves so you won’t lose your hearing aid while enjoying summer activities.
A dehumidifier is an additional piece of equipment you might want to invest in. Some water is going get inside the case regardless of what you do. 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 won’t have to take your hearing aids out. However, certain brands don’t have this feature. You want to buy 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 kinds of hearing aids also do that.
Interested in streaming a movie? This is another situation where wireless functionality are useful. With Bluetooth or wireless, the hearing aids can pick up 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, machine learning capabilities are available in many models. Certain devices will make volume adjustments depending on the environment by remembering your preference and you won’t have to do anything.
You can also just press a button and recall a specific setup stored in one of the numerous programs.
5. Getting Rid of The Ringing
For lots of people tinnitus and hearing loss are closely linked. Hearing aids that include tinnitus maskers or sound generators will play a low-level sound in the background that covers up the ringing, so you hear sounds clearer. The masking noise cancels out the tinnitus, and that ringing stops. Tinnitus masking is a particular feature, though, and not available from all brands. Make certain you ask for it if you are shopping for hearing aids.
6. Store Data
Data logging is one of the more modern features in hearing aid technology but a powerful one. The devices log things such as when you use the hearing aids, times you make volume changes and what background sounds you come across.
Essential modifications can be made when your audiologist or hearing aid retailer a*/ccess this data improving sound quality.
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 weren’t possible years ago. Hearing aid technology is always progressing, too. If you’re buying new hearing aids, be certain to take a look at the latest and greatest features. Make an appointment with a hearing care professional to see them all.