Since the times when your great, great granddad 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 permits users to do activities that seemed impossible in the past. Hearing aids can now do the following things.
1. Don’t Fall Out While Exercising
Jogging or riding a bike with a hearing aid in would have been risky in the past. 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 novice it is possible to exercise while wearing your hearing aids.
The change here is not in the technology, however. You still can damage or lose your hearing aids if they fall out. Innovation wins out with a simple idea: hearing aid retention cords. Consider it a lanyard for your hearing aids. They attach 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 submersed. Instead, if you want to go swimming you’ll need to invest in waterproof hearing aids and consider a few accessories.
Protective coverings are available for your hearing aids. Waterproof Sleeves fit tightly over the devices to protect them from water damage while still letting you hear. A cord also comes with most sleeves so you won’t lose your hearing aid when enjoying summer activities.
A dehumidifier is an additional item you might want to invest in. No matter how cautious you are, some water is going to get into the case. The dehumidifier dries the units out without damaging their fragile 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, though. Wireless streaming capability and Bluetooth enabling are features you will want to consider 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.
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 has 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, machine learning capabilities are available in many models. Some devices can remember what volume you prefer in different situations and will make the adjustment without you doing a thing, for instance.
They can also include multiple programs so you can store a specific setup in the memory and press a button to recall it when the time is right.
5. Make the Ringing Stop
Hearing loss and tinnitus are closely linked for many people. Hearing aids that include tinnitus maskers or sound generators will play a low-level sound in the background that masks the ringing, so you hear sounds clearer. The masking sound cancels out the tinnitus, and that ringing stops. Tinnitus masking is a specific feature, though, and not available from all brands. Make sure you ask for it if you are shopping for hearing aids.
6. Store Data
Data logging is one of the more recent functions 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 encounter.
The benefit is your audiologist or hearing aid retailer can pull up this data to make critical adjustments to the devices to enhance their sound or give you information to go on when shopping for new hearing aids.
7. Go Remote
You can conveniently adjust the volume, change the program, or use your hearing aid as a Bluetooth streaming device if it comes with a remote.
All of these functions allow you to do things that were impossible years ago despite the fact that they aren’t all brand new. Hearing aid tech is constantly advancing, too. If you go shopping for new hearing aids, make sure to take a look at the latest and greatest features. To see them all, make an appointment with a hearing specialist today.