Since the days when your great, great granddad used one of those ear trumpets to hear, things have changed. Newer hearing aids are able to do so much more than these devices could do even a decade ago. Activities that were not possible a few years ago are now possible because of advancements in hearing aid technology. Hearing aids can now do the following things.
1. Prevent Accidental Damage While Exercising
At one time, it would have been risky 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 wear your hearing aids while exercising whether you are a beginner or an athlete.
However, the change is not only in the technology. Hearing aids that fall out can still get damaged or lost. Innovation wins out with a simple approach: hearing aid retention cords. Consider it a lanyard for your hearing aids. They clip to your clothes and connect to the hearing aid as a security measure. Kids will also benefit from hearing aid retention cords.
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 needed if you plan to swim with your hearing aid.
Begin with a raincoat for your hearing aids. Your device is shielded by waterproof sleeves that fit snugly over them while still allowing you to hear. Most of the sleeves come with cords that connect to your clothing too, so you won’t lose the hearing aids when you are enjoying some summer activities.
The second thing you might want to invest in is a dehumidifier for your hearing aids. Some amount of water is going get into the case no matter what you do. The dehumidifier dries the devices out without damaging their fragile electronic components.
3. Pair With Your Smartphone
No more taking the hearing aid out every time your phone rings. However, some brands don’t have this feature. You want to purchase hearing aids that are Bluetooth-enabled or come with the wireless streaming capability. The same way that earbuds or headphones use Bluetooth to connect to your phone, these kinds of hearing aids also do that.
Interested in streaming a movie? This is another case where wireless capabilities are useful. Sound from your MP3 player or TV can be picked up by a hearing aid that has Bluetooth technology.
The majority of hearing aids have a telephone adaptation, also, that works for both cell phones or landlines. 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, machine learning capabilities are available in many models. Certain devices will make volume adjustments depending on the setting by remembering your preference and you don’t have to do anything.
You can also just press a button and load a particular setup stored in one of the numerous programs.
5. Make the Ringing Stop
Hearing loss and tinnitus go hand in hand for many 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 better. The ringing will disappear after the masking sound cancels the tinnitus. Not all brands include this tinnitus masking tech. 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 powerful one. The devices log things like when you use the hearing aids, times you make volume adjustments and what background sounds you encounter.
Crucial adjustments can be made when your audiologist or hearing aid retailer pull up this data enhancing sound quality.
7. Go Remote
You can quickly lower the volume, change the program, or use your hearing aid as a Bluetooth streaming device if you have a remote.
All of these functions enable you to do things that weren’t possible years ago despite the fact that they aren’t all brand new. Hearing aid tech is constantly advancing, too. If you’re buying new hearing aids, be certain to check out the latest and greatest features. To see them all, schedule an appointment with a hearing professional today.