Since the times when your great, great grandfather used one of those ear trumpets to hear, things have changed. Newer hearing aids are able to do so much more than they could do even ten years ago. Activities that were not possible a few years ago are currently possible because of innovations in hearing aid tech. Just consider these seven things hearing aids are currently able to do.
1. Prevent Accidental Damage While Exercising
At one time, it would have been unheard of to ride a bike or jog while wearing your hearing aids. When you are physically active, hearing aids can fall out even high quality ones. Nowadays whether you are an athlete or novice you can exercise while your hearing aid is in.
However, the change is not only in the technology. Hearing aids that fall out can still get damaged or lost. The basic concept of a hearing aid retention cord wins the day. It’s sort of like putting your hearing aids on a lanyard. 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 many hearing aids are water resistant, they still won’t do well when completely submersed. Waterproof hearing aids and a few accessories will be required if you want to go swimming with your hearing aid.
Start with a protective covering for your hearing aids. Waterproof Sleeves fit securely over the devices to protect them from water damage while still allowing you to hear. Most 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 another piece of equipment you might want to invest in. No matter how cautious you are, some water will get into the case. The device gets 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 have to take your hearing aids out. However, certain brands don’t have this feature. Wireless streaming capability and Bluetooth enabling are features you will want to think about when buying new hearing aids. This technology lets them pair with your phone just like Bluetooth earbuds or headphones do.
Interested in streaming a movie? Wireless is useful there, too. 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. Signals from your phone can be heard in your hearing aid thanks to a telecoil.
That’s correct, hearing aids have machine learning features. Some devices will make volume adjustments depending on the environment by remembering your preference and you don’t need to do anything.
They can also include a number of programs so you can store a particular setup in the memory and push a button to load it when you need it.
5. Make the Ringing Go Away
Hearing loss and tinnitus go hand in hand for lots of people. Hearing aids which include tinnitus maskers or sound generators will play a low-level sound in the background that masks the ringing, so you hear sounds clearer. The masking noise cancels out the tinnitus, and that ringing goes away. Tinnitus masking is a particular feature, though, and not available from all brands. If you are shopping for hearing aids, and require this function, you will have to ask for it.
6. Store Data
A compelling 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 pull up this data to make essential modifications to the devices to enhance their sound or give you insight to go on when shopping for new hearing aids.
7. Go Remote
You can quickly lower the volume, change the program, or use your hearing aid as a Bluetooth streaming device if it comes with a remote.
All of these functions enable you to do things that were impossible years ago despite the fact that they aren’t all brand new. Hearing aid tech is constantly progressing, too. Be sure to take a look at the latest features when you’re shopping for a new hearing aid. To see them all, schedule an appointment with a hearing professional right away.