Things have changed since your great, great grandpa held an ear trumpet up to his ear. Modern hearing aids are able to do so much more than these devices could do even ten years ago. Activities that were not possible a few years ago are now possible because of developments in hearing aid technology. Hearing aids can now do the following things.
1. Stay Put Even When You are Moving
Jogging or riding a bike with a hearing aid in would have been risky in the past. Even top quality hearing aids can be damaged if they fall out while you are exercising. Today whether you are an athlete or beginner you can exercise while your hearing aid is in.
However, the evolution is not only in the technology. You can still damage or lose your hearing aids if they fall out. The straightforward concept of a hearing aid retention cord solves the problem. It’s kind 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. Hearing aid retention cords area great option for kids, too.
2. Resist Water
Most hearing aids don’t do well when fully submerged despite the fact that they are water resistant. Waterproof hearing aids and some accessories will be necessary if you plan to swim with your hearing aid.
Start with a protective covering for your hearing aids. Your device is protected by waterproof sleeves that fit tightly over them while still allowing you to hear. Many of the sleeves come with cords that connect to your clothing too, so you don’t lose the hearing aids when you are enjoying some summer activities.
The second thing you may want to get is a dehumidifier for your hearing aids. It doesn’t matter how cautious you are, some amount of water is going to get into the case. The dehumidifier dries the units out without damaging their delicate electronic parts.
3. Pair With Your Smartphone
No more having to remove your hearing aid when your phone rings. Not all hearing aid brands do this, however. Wireless streaming capability and Bluetooth enabling are features you will want to think about when shopping for new hearing aids. 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 situation where wireless features come in handy. Sound from your MP3 player or TV can be received by a hearing aid that is equipped with Bluetooth technology.
Also, for cell phones or landlines, these hearing aids have a phone function. Telephone adaptation uses a telecoil to receive signals from the phones so you can hear them through your hearing aids.
That’s right, machine learning features are available in many models. Some devices will make volume adjustments depending on the setting by remembering your preference and you don’t have to do anything.
They can also include multiple programs so you can store a specific setup in the memory and press a button to load it when the time is right.
5. Make the Ringing Stop
For lots of people tinnitus and loss of hearing go hand in hand. You will hear sounds more clearly because your hearing aid can produce tinnitus masking noises. The ringing will subside after the masking sound cancels the tinnitus. Not all brands have this tinnitus masking tech. Be sure you ask for it if you are shopping for hearing aids.
6. Store Data
Data logging is one of the more recent features in hearing aid technology but a powerful one. The devices log things such as when you use the hearing aids, times you make volume adjustments and what background noises you encounter.
The benefit is your audiologist or hearing aid retailer can pull up this data to make critical modifications to the devices to improve their sound or give you insight to go on when buying new hearing aids.
7. Go Remote
You can conveniently lower 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 weren’t possible years ago. Hearing aid technology is constantly advancing, too. Be sure to take a look at the latest features when you go shopping for a new hearing aid. To see them all, make an appointment with a hearing expert today.