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Hearing Aids Can Now do 7 Surprising Things

Man swims with his grandson thanks to new hearing aids that are waterproof.

Things have changed since your great, great grandpa held an ear trumpet up to his ear. 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 due to developments in hearing aid technology. Hearing aids can now do the following things.

1. Prevent Accidental Damage While Exercising

Once upon a time, it would have been unheard of to ride a bike or jog with your hearing aids in place. When you are moving around, hearing aids can fall out even high quality ones. These days whether you are an athlete or beginner it is possible to exercise while your hearing aid is in.

However, the evolution is not just in the technology. You still can damage or lose your hearing aids if they fall out. Innovation wins out with a simple approach: hearing aid retention cords. It’s sort of like having your hearing aids on a lanyard. They slide on to the devices and then clip to your clothes for safety. Hearing aid retention cords area great choice for kids, too.

2. Resist Water

While it is true most hearing aids are water resistant, they still don’t do well when fully submerged. Waterproof hearing aids and some accessories will be necessary if you plan to go swimming with your hearing aid.
Protective coverings are available for your hearing aids. Your device is shielded by waterproof sleeves that fit snugly over them while still allowing you to hear. Most of the sleeves come with cords that connect to your clothing too, so you don’t lose the hearing aids when you are enjoying some summer activities.

A dehumidifier is another piece of equipment you may want to get. Some water is going get into the case regardless of what you do. The unit is dried out by the dehumidifier without causing damage to the fragile 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, however. You want to invest in hearing aids that are Bluetooth-enabled or come with the wireless streaming capability. 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 there, as well. Sound from your MP3 player or TV can be received 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.

4. Learn

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.

They can also come with multiple programs so you can store a specific setup in the memory and push a button to recall it when you need it.

5. Make the Ringing Go Away

Loss of hearing and tinnitus are closely linked for lots of people. 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 better. The masking sound cancels out the tinnitus, and that ringing goes away. 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 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 adjustments and what background noises you encounter.

The benefit is your audiologist or hearing aid retailer can use this data to make crucial modifications to the devices to improve their sound or give you information to go on when buying new hearing aids.

7. Go Remote

Hearing aids with remotes allow 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 help you to do things with your hearing aids that weren’t possible years ago. Hearing aid technology is constantly progressing, too. Be sure to take a look at the latest features when you’re shopping for a new hearing aid. To see them all, make an appointment with a hearing professional right away.

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