Since the days when your great, great grandfather used one of those ear trumpets to hear, things have changed. Even ten years ago, hearing aids weren’t capable of doing the things they can do today. The advancement of hearing aid tech enables users to participate in activities that were impossible in the past. Just think about these seven things hearing aids are currently able to do.
1. Stay Put Even When You are Moving
Jogging or riding a bike with a hearing aid in would have been unheard of in the past. When you are moving around, hearing aids can fall out and that even goes for high quality devices. Now it’s possible to wear your hearing aids when you’re exercising whether you are a beginner or an athlete.
The change here is not in the technology, though. You can still damage or lose your hearing aids if they fall out. The simple principle of a hearing aid retention cord wins the day. Think of it as a lanyard for your hearing aids. 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 underwater even though they are water resistant. Waterproof hearing aids and some accessories will be necessary if you want to go swimming with your hearing aid.
Protective coverings are available for your hearing aids. Your device is protected by waterproof sleeves that fit tightly over them and still allows you to hear. A cord is also included with most sleeves so you won’t lose your hearing aid when enjoying summer activities.
The second thing you may want to invest in is a dehumidifier for your hearing aids. No matter how cautious you are, some amount of water will get into the case. The unit is dried out by the dehumidifier without causing damage to the fragile components.
3. Pair With Your Smartphone
Now when your phone rings you won’t need to remove your hearing aids. However, certain brands don’t have this feature. You want to buy hearing aids that are Bluetooth-enabled or have the wireless streaming capability. This technology lets them pair with your phone the same way Bluetooth earbuds or headphones do.
Want 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 is equipped with 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 features are available in many models. Some devices can remember what volume you prefer in different situations and will make the adjustment without you having to do anything, for example.
They can also come with multiple programs so you can store a particular setup in the memory and press a button to recall it when you need it.
5. Make the Ringing Stop
For lots of people tinnitus and hearing loss go hand in hand. Hearing aids which come with tinnitus maskers or sound generators will play a low-level sound in the background that masks the ringing, so you hear sounds better. The ringing will subside after the masking sound cancels the tinnitus. Not all brands have this tinnitus masking tech. If you are investing in hearing aids, and require this function, you will have to ask for it.
6. Store Data
Data logging is one of the newer features in hearing aid technology but a compelling one. The devices log things like when you use the hearing aids, times you make volume adjustments and what background noises you come across.
Crucial adjustments can be made when your audiologist or hearing aid retailer pull up this information enhancing sound quality.
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 were impossible years ago despite the fact that they aren’t all brand new. Hearing aid tech is always advancing, too. If you go shopping for new hearing aids, make certain to take a look at the latest and greatest features. Schedule an appointment with a hearing care expert to see them all.