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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 are different since your great, great grandpa held an ear trumpet up to his ear. Even a decade ago, hearing aids weren’t able to do the things they can do now. Activities that were impossible a few years in the past are currently possible due to innovations 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 risky to ride a bike or jog with your hearing aids in place. Even top quality hearing aids are subject to damage if they fall out while you are on the move. Now you can to keep your hearing aids in while working out whether you are a novice or an athlete.

However, the change is not only in the technology. You can still break or lose your hearing aids if they fall out. Innovation wins out with a simple concept: 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. 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. Waterproof hearing aids and a couple of accessories will be needed if you plan to swim with your hearing aid.
Start with a raincoat for your hearing aids. Waterproof Sleeves fit securely over the devices to protect them from water damage while still allowing you to hear. A cord also comes with most sleeves so you won’t lose your hearing aid when enjoying summer activities.

Another thing you might want to invest in is a dehumidifier for your hearing aids. No matter how cautious you are, some water will get inside the case. The dehumidifier dries the devices out without damaging their delicate electronic parts.

3. Pair With Your Smartphone

No more having to remove your hearing aid when your phone rings. Not all hearing aid brands do this, though. Wireless streaming capability and Bluetooth enabling are capabilities you will want to consider when purchasing new hearing aids. This technology allows them to pair with your phone the same way Bluetooth earbuds or headphones do.

Would you like to stream a movie? This is another case where wireless functionality are useful. With Bluetooth or wireless, the hearing aids can pick up sound from your TV or MP3 player.

Also, for cell phones or landlines, these hearing aids have a phone function. Telephone adaptation uses a telecoil to pick up signals from the phones so you can hear them in your hearing aids.

4. Learn

That’s right, machine learning capabilities are available in many models. Certain devices will make volume adjustments depending on the setting by remembering your preference and you won’t have 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

For many people tinnitus and loss of hearing go hand in hand. You will hear sounds more clearly because your hearing aid can generate tinnitus masking noises. The ringing will subside after the masking sound cancels the tinnitus. Tinnitus masking is a specific feature, though, and not available from all brands. If you are investing in hearing aids, and need this feature, you will need to ask for it.

6. Store Data

Data logging is one of the more modern features in hearing aid technology but a compelling one. Volume adjustments, when you use the hearing aid, and background noises you come across are examples of things that are logged by these devices.

Crucial modifications can be made when your audiologist or hearing aid retailer pull up this data improving sound quality.

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.

All of these features allow you to do things that weren’t possible years ago despite the fact that they aren’t all brand new. Also, advancements in hearing aid technology are always being made. If you’re buying new hearing aids, be certain to take a look at the latest and greatest features. Make an appointment with a hearing care expert to see them all.

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