Since the times when your great, great grandpa used one of those ear trumpets to hear, things have changed. Even 10 years ago, hearing aids weren’t able to do the things they can do now. Activities that were not possible a few years in the past are currently possible because of advancements in hearing aid technology. Just consider these seven things hearing aids are now able to do.
1. Don’t Fall Out While Exercising
Once upon a time, it would have been unheard of to ride a bike or jog while wearing your hearing aids. Even top quality hearing aids are subject to damage if they fall out while you are exercising. Today whether you are an athlete or novice it is possible to exercise while wearing your hearing aids.
The evolution here is not in the technology, however. You can still damage or lose your hearing aids if they fall out. The basic principle of a hearing aid retention cord wins the day. It’s sort of like having your hearing aids on a lanyard. They slide on to the devices and then clip to your clothes for safety. Kids will also benefit from hearing aid retention cords.
2. Resist Water
While it is true most hearing aids are water resistant, they still don’t do well when completely immersed. Waterproof hearing aids and some accessories will be required if you want to swim with your hearing aid.
Start with a raincoat for your hearing aids. Your device is protected by waterproof sleeves that fit snugly 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.
A dehumidifier is another piece of equipment you might want to invest in. No matter how cautious you are, some water is going to get inside the case. The dehumidifier dries the units out without damaging their complex electronic components.
3. Pair With Your Smartphone
No more taking the hearing aid out every time your phone rings. Not all hearing aid brands have this feature, however. You want to invest in hearing aids that are Bluetooth-enabled or have the wireless streaming capability. This technology lets them pair with your phone the same way Bluetooth earbuds or headphones do.
Interested in streaming a movie? This is another situation where wireless capabilities 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 pick up signals from the phones so you can hear them in your hearing aids.
That’s right, hearing aids have machine learning capabilities. Certain devices will make volume adjustments depending on the environment by remembering your preference and you don’t have to do anything.
You can also just push a button and load a particular setup stored in one of the numerous programs.
5. Getting Rid of The Ringing
Hearing loss and tinnitus are closely linked for lots of people. Hearing aids which include tinnitus maskers or sound generators will play a low-level sound in the background that covers up the ringing, so you hear sounds better. The masking noise cancels out the tinnitus, and that ringing goes away. Tinnitus masking is a specific feature, though, and not available from all brands. If you are shopping for hearing aids, and require this feature, you will need to ask for it.
6. Store Data
Data logging is one of the more recent functions in hearing aid technology but a compelling one. The devices log things like when you use the hearing aids, times you make volume adjustments and what background noises you come across.
Crucial modifications can be made when your audiologist or hearing aid retailer a*/ccess this data improving sound quality.
7. Go Remote
Hearing aids that come with remotes permit you to quickly change programs, lower the volume or even act as a Bluetooth streaming device.
Not all of these functions are new, but they all help you to do things with your hearing aids that weren’t possible years ago. Hearing aid tech is constantly advancing, too. If you’re buying new hearing aids, be certain to take a look at the latest and greatest features. Schedule an appointment with a hearing care specialist to see them all.