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7 Surprising Things Hearing Aids Can Now do

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

Things have changed since your great, great granddad held an ear trumpet up to his ear. Newer hearing aids are capable of so much more than they could do even ten years ago. Activities that were impossible a few years ago are currently possible due to developments in hearing aid technology. Just think about these seven things hearing aids are now able to do.

1. Don’t Fall Out While Exercising

Jogging or riding a bike with a hearing aid in would have been risky in the past. When you are moving around, hearing aids can fall out and that even goes for high quality devices. Today whether you are an athlete or novice it is possible to exercise while your hearing aid is in.

The change here is not in the technology, however. Hearing aids that fall out can still get damaged or lost. The basic idea of a hearing aid retention cord solves the problem. Consider it a lanyard for your hearing aids. They clip to your clothes and connect to the hearing aid as a safety measure. Hearing aid retention cords area great option for kids, too.

2. Resist Water

While it is true most hearing aids are water resistant, they still don’t do well when fully submersed. Waterproof hearing aids and some accessories will be needed if you plan to go swimming with your hearing aid.
Start with a protective covering for your hearing aids. Waterproof Sleeves fit securely over the devices to protect them from water damage while still allowing you to hear. The majority of the sleeves have cords that attach to your clothing too, so you don’t lose the hearing aids while enjoying some summer fun.

A dehumidifier is an additional piece of equipment you may want to invest in. Some amount of water will get into the case no matter what you do. The unit gets dried out by the dehumidifier without causing damage to the delicate components.

3. Pair With Your Smartphone

No more taking the hearing aid out when your phone rings. However, certain brands don’t have this feature. 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.

Would you like to stream a movie? This is another situation where wireless functionality are useful. Sound from your MP3 player or TV can be picked up 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 through your hearing aids.

4. Learn

That’s correct, machine learning capabilities are available in many models. Some devices will make volume adjustments depending on the setting by remembering your preference and you don’t have to do anything.

They can also include multiple programs so you can store a particular setup in the memory and push a button to load it when the time is right.

5. Make the Ringing Go Away

Loss of hearing and tinnitus go hand in hand for many people. Hearing aids which 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 better. The masking noise cancels out the tinnitus, and that ringing stops. Not all brands come with this tinnitus masking tech. Be certain 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 like when you use the hearing aids, times you make volume adjustments and what background noises you come across.

The benefit is your audiologist or hearing aid retailer can pull up this data to make critical adjustments to the devices to enhance their sound or give you information to go on when shopping for new hearing aids.

7. Go Remote

You can conveniently adjust the volume, change the program, or use your hearing aid as a Bluetooth streaming device if you have a remote.

Not all of these features are new, but they all assist you in doing things with your hearing aids that weren’t possible years ago. Also, progress in hearing aid technology is always being made. Be certain to check out the latest features when you’re buying a new hearing aid. Schedule an appointment with a hearing care professional to see them all.

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