Since the days when your great, great grandpa 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 a decade ago. Activities that were not possible a few years ago are now possible because of advancements in hearing aid tech. Just think about these seven things hearing aids are currently able to do.
1. Don’t Fall Out While Exercising
At one time, it would have been unheard of 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 on the move. Now it’s possible to keep your hearing aids in when you’re working out whether you are a novice 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 straightforward approach: hearing aid retention cords. It’s kind of like having 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 choice 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 a couple of accessories will be necessary if you want to go swimming with your hearing aid.
Raincoats are available for your hearing aids. Your device is shielded by waterproof sleeves that fit tightly over them and still allows you to hear. A cord is also included with most sleeves so you won’t lose your hearing aid when enjoying summer activities.
Another thing you might want to invest in is a dehumidifier for your hearing aids. No matter how cautious you are, some amount of water will get into the case. The dehumidifier dries the units out without damaging their delicate electronic components.
3. Pair With Your Smartphone
Now when your phone rings you don’t have to take your hearing aids out. Not all hearing aid brands do this, though. You want to invest in hearing aids that are Bluetooth-enabled or come with the wireless streaming capability. This technology allows them to pair with your phone just like Bluetooth earbuds or headphones do.
Interested in streaming a movie? Wireless is useful in this situation, as well. With Bluetooth or wireless, the hearing aids can pick up sound from your TV or MP3 player.
Most hearing aids come with a telephone adaptation, as well, that works for cell phones or landlines. Telephone adaptation uses a telecoil to pick up signals from the phones so you can hear them through your hearing aids.
That’s correct, hearing aids have machine learning capabilities. Some devices will make volume adjustments depending on the setting by remembering your preference and you don’t need to do anything.
They can also include multiple programs so you can store a specific setup in the memory and push a button to recall it when the time is right.
5. Stopping The Ringing
For many people tinnitus and hearing loss are closely linked. Hearing aids that come with tinnitus maskers or sound generators will play a low-level sound in the background that masks the ringing, so you hear sounds clearer. The ringing will disappear after the masking sound cancels the tinnitus. Tinnitus masking is a specific feature, though, and not available from all brands. If you are investing in hearing aids, and want 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 such as when you use the hearing aids, times you make volume changes and what background sounds you encounter.
The advantage is your audiologist or hearing aid retailer can use this data to make critical modifications to the devices to improve their sound or give you insight to go on when purchasing new hearing aids.
7. Go Remote
You can quickly lower the volume, change the program, or use your hearing aid as a Bluetooth streaming device if it comes with a remote.
Not all of these features are new, but they all let you do things with your hearing aids that weren’t possible years ago. Hearing aid technology is constantly progressing, too. If you go shopping for new hearing aids, make sure to check out the latest and greatest features. To see them all, make an appointment with a hearing specialist today.