Since the times when your great, great grandfather 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 impossible a few years ago are now possible due to advancements 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 risky in the past. When you are physically active, hearing aids can fall out even high quality ones. These days whether you are an athlete or novice you can exercise while wearing your hearing aids.
The change here is not in the technology, however. You can still damage or lose your hearing aids if they fall out. Innovation wins out with a simple concept: hearing aid retention cords. Think of it as a lanyard for your hearing aids. They attach to the devices and then clip to your clothes for safety. Hearing aid retention cords area great option for kids, too.
2. Resist Water
Most hearing aids don’t do well when fully underwater even though they are water resistant. Waterproof hearing aids and a couple of accessories will be required if you want to swim with your hearing aid.
Protective coverings are available for your hearing aids. Waterproof Sleeves fit securely over the devices to shield them from water damage while still allowing you to hear. Most of the sleeves come with cords that attach to your clothing too, so you won’t lose the hearing aids when you are enjoying some summer activities.
A dehumidifier is another piece of equipment you might want to invest in. No matter how careful you are, some amount of water will get into the case. The dehumidifier dries the units out without damaging their fragile electronic components.
3. Pair With Your Smartphone
Now when your phone rings you don’t need to take your hearing aids out. Not all hearing aid brands do this, however. You want to buy hearing aids that are Bluetooth-enabled or have the wireless streaming capability. This technology allows them to pair with your phone the same way Bluetooth earbuds or headphones do.
Would you like to stream a movie? Wireless is useful in this situation, too. 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. Telephone adaptation uses a telecoil to receive signals from the phones so you can hear them through your hearing aids.
That’s correct, hearing aids have machine learning capabilities. Some devices can remember what volume you prefer in different settings and will make the adjustment without you having to do anything, for example.
You can also just press a button and recall a specific setup stored in one of the numerous programs.
5. Make the Ringing Stop
Hearing loss and tinnitus go hand in hand for many people. Hearing aids that come with tinnitus maskers or sound generators will play a low-level sound in the background that covers up the ringing, so you hear sounds clearer. 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 investing in hearing aids, and want this feature, you will have to ask for it.
6. Store Data
A compelling new feature in hearing aids is data logging. Volume adjustments, 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 essential adjustments to the devices to improve their sound or give you information to go on when buying new hearing aids.
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 features are new, but they all let you do things with your hearing aids that were impossible years ago. Hearing aid technology is always progressing, too. Be sure to take a look at the latest features when you’re buying a new hearing aid. To see them all, schedule an appointment with a hearing specialist right away.