Things have changed since your great, great granddad held an ear trumpet up to his ear. Even 10 years ago, hearing aids weren’t able to do the things they can do today. The development of hearing aid tech allows users to do activities that seemed impossible in the past. Just think about these seven things hearing aids are currently capable of doing.
1. Stay Put Even When You are Moving
At one time, it would have been risky to ride a bike or go jogging while wearing your hearing aids. Even the highest quality hearing aids are subject to damage if they fall out while you are on the move. Today whether you are an athlete or novice it is possible to exercise while your hearing aid is in.
However, the evolution is not just in the technology. Hearing aids that fall out can still get damaged or lost. The simple concept of a hearing aid retention cord wins the day. It’s sort of like having your hearing aids on a lanyard. They slide on to the devices and then clip to your clothes for safety. Kids will also benefit from hearing aid retention cords.
2. Resist Water
Most hearing aids don’t do well when fully submerged even though they are water resistant. Instead, if you want to swim you’ll need to get yourself waterproof hearing aids and consider some accessories.
Protective coverings are available for your hearing aids. Your device is shielded by waterproof sleeves that fit snugly over them and still allows you to hear. The majority of the sleeves have cords that connect to your clothing too, so you won’t lose the hearing aids while enjoying some summer fun.
A dehumidifier is an additional item you might want to get. Some water is going get into the case no matter what you do. The device is dried out by the dehumidifier without causing damage to the delicate components.
3. Pair With Your Smartphone
No more having to remove your hearing aid when your phone rings. However, some brands don’t have this feature. You want to purchase hearing aids that are Bluetooth-enabled or come with 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 case where wireless features are useful. Sound from your MP3 player or TV can be received 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 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 don’t have to do anything.
You can also just press a button and load a particular setup stored in one of the multiple programs.
5. Make the Ringing Stop
Loss of hearing and tinnitus go hand in hand for lots of people. You will hear sounds better because your hearing aid can produce tinnitus masking noises. The masking sound cancels out the tinnitus, and that ringing goes away. Tinnitus masking is a particular 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 modern functions in hearing aid technology but a compelling one. Volume adjustments, when you use the hearing aid, and background noises you encounter are examples of things that are logged by these devices.
The advantage 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 insight to go on when shopping for new hearing aids.
7. Go Remote
Hearing aids with remotes allow you to quickly change programs, adjust the volume or even act as a Bluetooth streaming device.
Not all of these features are new, but they all assist you in doing things with your hearing aids that were impossible years ago. Hearing aid technology is always progressing, too. Be sure to check out the latest features when you go shopping for a new hearing aid. To see them all, schedule an appointment with a hearing professional today.