Since the days when your great, great granddad used one of those ear trumpets to hear, things have changed. Newer hearing aids are able to do so much more than they could do even 10 years ago. Activities that were impossible a few years ago are currently possible because of developments in hearing aid technology. Hearing aids can now do the following things.
1. Stay Put Even When You are Moving
Jogging or riding a bike with a hearing aid in would have been unheard of in the past. Even the highest quality hearing aids are subject to damage if they fall out while you are on the move. Nowadays whether you are an athlete or beginner you can exercise while your hearing aid is in.
However, the evolution is not just in the technology. You can still damage or lose your hearing aids if they fall out. Innovation wins out with a straightforward concept: hearing aid retention cords. Think of it as a lanyard for your hearing aids. 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
Most hearing aids don’t do well when fully underwater despite the fact that they are water resistant. Instead, if you want to swim you’ll need to invest in waterproof hearing aids and consider some add-ons.
Begin with a raincoat for your hearing aids. Your device is shielded by waterproof sleeves that fit securely over them and still allows you to hear. A cord also comes with most sleeves so you won’t lose your hearing aid when enjoying summer activities.
The second thing you may want to get is a dehumidifier for your hearing aids. Some water is going get inside the case no matter what you do. The dehumidifier dries the devices out without damaging their complex electronic components.
3. Pair With Your Smartphone
No more having to remove your hearing aid every time your phone rings. Not all hearing aid brands do this, though. You want to invest in hearing aids that are Bluetooth-enabled or have the wireless streaming capability. The same way that earbuds or headphones use Bluetooth to connect to your phone, these kinds of hearing aids also do that.
Would you like to stream a movie? This is another case where wireless features are useful. Sound from your MP3 player or TV can be picked up by a hearing aid that is equipped with Bluetooth technology.
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 correct, machine learning features are available in many models. Some devices can remember what volume you prefer in different environments and will make the adjustment without you having to do anything, for instance.
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 the time is right.
5. Getting Rid of The Ringing
For lots of people tinnitus and loss of hearing go hand in hand. You will hear sounds better because your hearing aid can produce tinnitus masking noises. The ringing will go away after the masking sound cancels the tinnitus. Not all brands include this tinnitus masking technology. Be sure you ask for it if you are shopping for hearing aids.
6. Store Data
Data logging is one of the more recent features in hearing aid technology but a powerful one. The devices log things such as when you use the hearing aids, times you make volume changes and what background sounds you come across.
The advantage is your audiologist or hearing aid retailer can use this data to make crucial adjustments 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 it comes with a remote.
Not all of these features are new, but they all assist you in doing things with your hearing aids that were impossible years ago. Also, progress in hearing aid technology is always being made. Be certain to take a look at the latest features when you’re shopping for a new hearing aid. Schedule an appointment with a hearing care professional to see them all.