Things have changed since your great, great granddad held an ear trumpet up to his ear. Newer hearing aids are able to do so much more than these devices could do even 10 years ago. The advancement of hearing aid tech enables users to participate in activities that seemed impossible at one point. Hearing aids can now do the following things.
1. Don’t Fall Out While Exercising
Jogging or riding a bike while wearing a hearing aid would have been risky in the past. When you are physically active, hearing aids can fall out and that even goes for high quality devices. Now you can to wear your hearing aids when you’re working out whether you are a novice or an athlete.
However, the evolution is not just in the technology. Hearing aids that fall out can still become broken or lost. The straightforward idea of a hearing aid retention cord solves the problem. 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
While it is true many hearing aids are water resistant, they still won’t do well when completely submerged. Waterproof hearing aids and some accessories will be necessary if you plan to swim with your hearing aid.
Raincoats are available for your hearing aids. Waterproof Sleeves fit securely over the devices to protect them from water damage while still letting you hear. The majority of the sleeves have cords that attach to your clothing too, so you don’t lose the hearing aids while enjoying some summer activities.
A dehumidifier is another item you may want to invest in. Some amount of water is going get inside the case regardless of what you do. The dehumidifier dries the units out without damaging their delicate electronic components.
3. Pair With Your Smartphone
No more having to remove your hearing aid when your phone rings. However, certain brands don’t have this feature. Wireless streaming capability and Bluetooth enabling are capabilities you will want to consider when shopping for new hearing aids. This technology lets them pair with your phone just like Bluetooth earbuds or headphones do.
Interested in streaming a movie? This is another case where wireless features are useful. With Bluetooth or wireless, the hearing aids can pick up 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 receive signals from the phones so you can hear them in your hearing aids.
That’s right, hearing aids have machine learning features. Some devices will make volume adjustments depending on the setting by remembering your preference and you won’t have to do anything.
They can also come with a number of programs so you can store a specific setup in the memory and push a button to load it when you need it.
5. Stopping The Ringing
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 ringing will disappear after the masking sound cancels the tinnitus. 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 compelling one. Volume changes, 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 use this data to make essential modifications to the devices to improve 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.
Not all of these functions are new, but they all let you do things with your hearing aids that were impossible years ago. Also, progress in hearing aid technology is always being made. 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 expert right away.