Since the days when your great, great grandfather used one of those ear trumpets to hear, things have changed. Newer hearing aids are capable of so much more than these devices could do even 10 years ago. The advancement of hearing aid tech allows users to participate in activities that were 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 even high quality ones. Now it’s possible to keep your hearing aids in when you’re exercising whether you are a beginner or an athlete.
However, the evolution is not only in the technology. Hearing aids that fall out can still become damaged 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 clip to your clothes and slide on to the hearing aid as a security measure. Hearing aid retention cords area great choice for kids, too.
2. Resist Water
While it is true most hearing aids are resistant to water, they still won’t do well when fully immersed. Instead, if you want to swim you’ll need to invest in waterproof hearing aids and think about some accessories.
Start with a protective covering for your hearing aids. Your device is shielded by waterproof sleeves that fit tightly over them while still allowing you to hear. A cord also comes with most sleeves so you won’t lose your hearing aid when enjoying summer activities.
The second thing you may want to get is a dehumidifier for your hearing aids. No matter how careful you are, some amount of water will get into the case. The dehumidifier dries the devices 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. You want to invest in hearing aids that are Bluetooth-enabled or have the wireless streaming capability. The same way that earbuds or headphones use Bluetooth to connect to your phone, these type of hearing aids also do that.
Interested in streaming a movie? Wireless comes in handy in this situation, as well. Sound from your MP3 player or TV can be picked up by a hearing aid that has Bluetooth technology.
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 through your hearing aids.
That’s right, machine learning features are available in many models. Some devices will remember what volume you prefer in different situations and will make the adjustment without you doing a thing, for example.
They can also come with multiple 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 Stop
For many people tinnitus and loss of hearing are closely linked. You will hear sounds more clearly because your hearing aid can generate tinnitus masking noises. The masking noise cancels out the tinnitus, and that ringing stops. Not all brands have this tinnitus masking technology. If you are investing in hearing aids, and need this feature, you will need to ask for it.
6. Store Data
A compelling new function in hearing aids is data logging. The devices log things such as when you use the hearing aids, times you make volume adjustments and what background sounds you come across.
The benefit is your audiologist or hearing aid retailer can use this data to make critical adjustments to the devices to enhance their sound or give you information to go on when purchasing new hearing aids.
7. Go Remote
Hearing aids that come with remotes permit you to quickly change programs, adjust the volume or even act as a Bluetooth streaming device.
Not all of these functions are new, but they all assist you in doing things with your hearing aids that were impossible years ago. Hearing aid technology is always advancing, too. Be certain to check out the latest features when you’re shopping for a new hearing aid. To see them all, schedule an appointment with a hearing specialist right away.