Since the times when your great, great granddad used one of those ear trumpets to hear, things have changed. Newer hearing aids are capable of so much more than they could do even 10 years ago. Activities that were not possible a few years in the past are now possible due to advancements in hearing aid tech. Hearing aids can now do the following things.
1. Prevent Accidental Damage While Exercising
Jogging or riding a bike with a hearing aid in would have been risky in the past. Even the highest quality hearing aids can be damaged if they fall out while you are on the move. Now it’s possible to keep your hearing aids in while working out whether you are a beginner or an athlete.
The evolution here is not in the technology, though. Hearing aids that fall out can still become damaged or lost. Innovation wins out with a straightforward concept: hearing aid retention cords. Think of it as 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. Instead, if you want to go swimming you’ll need to get yourself waterproof hearing aids and consider some add-ons.
Raincoats are available for your hearing aids. Waterproof Sleeves fit securely over the devices to shield them from water damage while still letting you hear. The majority of the sleeves have cords that attach to your clothing too, so you won’t lose the hearing aids when you are enjoying some summer activities.
A dehumidifier is an additional piece of equipment you may want to invest in. No matter how cautious you are, some amount of water will get inside the case. The dehumidifier dries the units out without damaging their fragile electronic components.
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. You want to invest in hearing aids that are Bluetooth-enabled or come with the wireless streaming capability. This technology lets them pair with your phone just like Bluetooth earbuds or headphones do.
Interested in streaming a movie? This is another situation where wireless features are useful. 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. 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 don’t have to do anything.
They can also come with multiple programs so you can store a particular setup in the memory and press a button to load it when you need it.
5. Stopping The Ringing
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. Tinnitus masking is a particular feature, though, and not available from all brands. If you are investing in hearing aids, and need this feature, you will need to ask for it.
6. Store Data
A powerful new feature in hearing aids is data logging. The devices log things like when you use the hearing aids, times you make volume adjustments and what background sounds you come across.
Crucial adjustments can be made when your audiologist or hearing aid retailer a*/ccess this information enhancing sound quality.
7. Go Remote
Hearing aids that come with remotes let you to quickly change programs, lower the volume or even act as a Bluetooth streaming device.
All of these features permit you to do things that weren’t possible years ago even though they aren’t all brand new. Hearing aid technology is always advancing, too. If you’re buying new hearing aids, be certain to take a look at the latest and greatest features. To see them all, schedule an appointment with a hearing expert right away.