Since the times when your great, great granddad used one of those ear trumpets to hear, things have changed. Newer hearing aids are capable of so much more than these devices could do even ten years ago. The development of hearing aid tech permits 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 unheard of to ride a bike or jog with your hearing aids in place. Even top quality hearing aids can be damaged if they fall out while you are exercising. Now it’s possible to keep your hearing aids in when you’re exercising whether you are a beginner or an athlete.
However, the evolution is not only in the technology. Hearing aids that fall out can still become damaged or lost. Innovation wins out with a straightforward idea: hearing aid retention cords. Consider it a lanyard for your hearing aids. They slide on to the hearing aid 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. Waterproof hearing aids and a few accessories will be required if you want to go swimming with your hearing aid.
Raincoats are available for your hearing aids. Waterproof Sleeves fit securely over the devices to shield them from water damage while still letting you hear. Many of the sleeves come with cords that attach to your clothing too, so you don’t lose the hearing aids while enjoying some summer fun.
A dehumidifier is an additional piece of equipment you might want to get. Some amount of water will get inside the case no matter what you do. The dehumidifier dries the devices out without damaging their fragile electronic components.
3. Pair With Your Smartphone
Now when your phone rings you won’t have to take your hearing aids out. Not all hearing aid brands do this, however. You want to purchase hearing aids that are Bluetooth-enabled or have the wireless streaming capability. This technology allows them to pair with your phone the same way Bluetooth earbuds or headphones do.
Interested in streaming a movie? This is another case where wireless capabilities are useful. With Bluetooth or wireless, the hearing aids can receive sound from your TV or MP3 player.
Also, for cell phones or landlines, these hearing aids have a phone function. Telephone adaptation makes use of a telecoil to pick up signals from the phones so you can hear them in your hearing aids.
That’s correct, hearing aids have machine learning features. Some devices can remember what volume you prefer in different environments and will make the adjustment without you doing a thing, for example.
You can also just press a button and load a specific setup stored in one of the numerous programs.
5. Make the Ringing Go Away
For many people tinnitus and hearing loss go hand in hand. You will hear sounds better because your hearing aid can produce tinnitus masking noises. The masking sound cancels out the tinnitus, and that ringing stops. Tinnitus masking is a specific feature, though, and not available from all brands. Be certain you ask for it if you are shopping for hearing aids.
6. Store Data
A powerful new function in hearing aids is data logging. The devices log things such as when you use the hearing aids, times you make volume changes and what background sounds you come across.
The benefit is your audiologist or hearing aid retailer can use 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 quickly 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 allow you to do things that were impossible years ago despite the fact that they aren’t all brand new. Hearing aid tech is always advancing, too. Be certain to take a look at the latest features when you go shopping for a new hearing aid. To see them all, schedule an appointment with a hearing expert right away.