Things are different since your great, great grandpa held an ear trumpet up to his ear. Newer hearing aids are capable of so much more than these devices could do even 10 years ago. Activities that were impossible a few years ago are now possible due to innovations in hearing aid tech. Hearing aids can now do the following things.
1. Stay Put Even When You are Moving
Jogging or riding a bike while wearing a hearing aid would have been unheard of in the past. When you are physically active, hearing aids can fall out and that even goes for high quality devices. Now you can to keep your hearing aids in when you’re working out whether you are a beginner or an athlete.
However, the evolution is not only in the technology. You still can break or lose your hearing aids if they fall out. Innovation wins out with a simple approach: hearing aid retention cords. It’s kind of like putting your hearing aids on a lanyard. They attach to the hearing aid and then clip to your clothes for safety. Kids will also benefit from hearing aid retention cords.
2. Resist Water
While it is true many hearing aids are water resistant, they still won’t do well when completely submerged. Instead, if you want to go swimming you’ll need to get waterproof hearing aids and think about some accessories.
Raincoats are available for your hearing aids. Your device is protected by waterproof sleeves that fit tightly over them while still allowing you to hear. Most of the sleeves have cords that attach to your clothing too, so you don’t lose the hearing aids when you are enjoying some summer activities.
A dehumidifier is another item you might want to invest in. Some amount of water will get into the case regardless of what you do. The dehumidifier dries the devices out without damaging their fragile electronic parts.
3. Pair With Your Smartphone
Now when your phone rings you don’t have to take your hearing aids out. However, some brands don’t have this feature. Wireless streaming capability and Bluetooth enabling are features you will want to think about when shopping for new hearing aids. This technology allows them to pair with your phone just like 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. Signals from your phone can be heard in your hearing aid thanks to a telecoil.
That’s right, machine learning capabilities are available in many models. Certain devices will make volume adjustments depending on the environment by remembering your preference and you won’t have to do anything.
You can also just push a button and load a specific setup stored in one of the numerous programs.
5. Stopping The Ringing
For lots of people tinnitus and hearing loss are closely linked. You will hear sounds better because your hearing aid can produce tinnitus masking noises. The masking sound cancels out the tinnitus, and that ringing stops. Not all brands include this tinnitus masking technology. Make certain you ask for it if you are shopping for hearing aids.
6. Store Data
A compelling new feature in hearing aids is data logging. Volume changes, when you use the hearing aid, and background noises you encounter are examples of things that are logged by these devices.
The benefit is your audiologist or hearing aid retailer can pull up this data to make crucial adjustments to the devices to improve their sound or give you insight to go on when buying 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.
All of these features permit you to do things that were impossible years ago despite the fact that they aren’t all brand new. Hearing aid tech is always progressing, too. If you’re buying new hearing aids, be certain to check out the latest and greatest features. Make an appointment with a hearing care specialist to see them all.