Things have changed since your great, great grandpa held an ear trumpet up to his ear. Even a decade ago, hearing aids weren’t capable of doing the things they can do now. The development of hearing aid tech enables users to do activities that seemed unlikely at one point. Hearing aids can now do the following things.
1. Stay Put Even When You are Moving
At one time, it would have been risky to ride a bike or go jogging with your hearing aids in place. Even the highest quality hearing aids are subject to damage if they fall out while you are exercising. Now it’s possible to keep your hearing aids in while exercising whether you are a beginner or an athlete.
However, the change is not only in the technology. Hearing aids that fall out can still become broken or lost. The basic principle of a hearing aid retention cord solves the problem. Consider it a lanyard for your hearing aids. They clip to your clothes and slide on to the hearing aid as a safety measure. Kids will also benefit from hearing aid retention cords.
2. Resist Water
While it is true most hearing aids are resistant to water, they still don’t do well when completely submerged. Waterproof hearing aids and some accessories will be required if you want to swim with your hearing aid.
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 is also included with most sleeves so you won’t lose your hearing aid when enjoying summer activities.
A dehumidifier is another item you may want to invest in. No matter how cautious you are, some amount of water is going to get inside the case. The unit is dried out by the dehumidifier without causing damage to the delicate components.
3. Pair With Your Smartphone
Now when your phone rings you won’t need to remove your hearing aids. Not all hearing aid brands have this feature, however. Wireless streaming capability and Bluetooth enabling are features you will want to think about when buying new hearing aids. This technology allows them to pair with your phone the same way Bluetooth earbuds or headphones do.
Want to stream a movie? Wireless comes in handy in this situation, as well. Sound from your MP3 player or TV can be picked up by a hearing aid that is equipped with Bluetooth technology.
Most hearing aids have a telephone adaptation, also, that works for both cell phones or landlines. Telephone adaptation makes use of a telecoil to receive signals from the phones so you can hear them in your hearing aids.
That’s correct, machine learning capabilities are available in many models. Certain devices will make volume adjustments depending on the setting by remembering your preference and you don’t have to do anything.
They can also include multiple programs so you can store a specific setup in the memory and press a button to load it when the time is right.
5. Make the Ringing Stop
For many 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 masks the ringing, so you hear sounds better. The masking noise cancels out the tinnitus, and that ringing stops. 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 feature in hearing aids is data logging. Volume changes, when you use the hearing aid, and background noises you come across are examples of things that are logged by these devices.
The advantage is your audiologist or hearing aid retailer can use this data to make essential modifications to the devices to enhance their sound or give you insight to go on when purchasing 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 you have a remote.
All of these features enable you to do things that weren’t possible years ago even though they aren’t all brand new. Also, advancements in hearing aid technology are always being made. If you go shopping for new hearing aids, make certain to take a look at the latest and greatest features. To see them all, make an appointment with a hearing professional right away.