Since the times when your great, great granddad used one of those ear trumpets to hear, things have changed. Even 10 years ago, hearing aids weren’t capable of doing the things they can do today. The development of hearing aid tech permits users to participate in activities that were impossible at one point. Just consider 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 exercising. Now it’s possible to wear your hearing aids while exercising whether you are a beginner or an athlete.
However, the change is not just in the technology. You can still damage or lose your hearing aids if they fall out. The basic idea of a hearing aid retention cord solves the problem. It’s kind of like putting your hearing aids on a lanyard. 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 swim you’ll need to get yourself waterproof hearing aids and consider a few accessories.
Begin with a protective covering for your hearing aids. Your device is shielded by waterproof sleeves that fit tightly over them and still allows you to hear. Many of the sleeves have cords that attach to your clothing too, so you won’t lose the hearing aids while enjoying some summer activities.
The second thing you may want to get is a dehumidifier for your hearing aids. Some water will get into the case no matter what you do. The device gets dried out by the dehumidifier without causing damage to the sensitive 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 have this feature, however. Wireless streaming capability and Bluetooth enabling are features you will want to consider when purchasing new hearing aids. 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 received 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 in your hearing aids.
That’s right, machine learning features are available in many models. Some devices will make volume adjustments depending on the environment by remembering your preference and you won’t need to do anything.
They can also come with a number of 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
Hearing loss and tinnitus go hand in hand for many people. You will hear sounds better because your hearing aid can produce tinnitus masking noises. The ringing will disappear 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 want this feature, you will have to ask for it.
6. Store Data
Data logging is one of the newer functions in hearing aid technology but a powerful one. 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 crucial modifications to the devices to enhance their sound or give you information 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 you have a remote.
All of these functions enable you to do things that were impossible years ago even though they aren’t all brand new. Also, advancements in hearing aid technology are always being made. Be sure to check out the latest features when you go shopping for a new hearing aid. Make an appointment with a hearing care expert to see them all.