Hearing Health Blog

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

Since the times when your great, great grandpa used one of those ear trumpets to hear, things have changed. Even 10 years ago, hearing aids weren’t capable of doing the things they can do today. The development of hearing aid technology allows users to do activities that seemed unlikely in the past. Hearing aids can now do the following things.

1. Stay Put Even When You are Moving

Once upon a time, it would have been risky to ride a bike or jog with your hearing aids in place. Even the highest quality hearing aids can be damaged if they fall out while you are on the move. Now it’s possible to wear your hearing aids when you’re exercising whether you are a novice or an athlete.

The change here is not in the technology, however. Hearing aids that fall out can still become damaged or lost. The basic principle of a hearing aid retention cord solves the problem. Consider it a lanyard for your hearing aids. They clip to your clothes and slide on to the hearing aid as a security measure. Hearing aid retention cords area smart choice for kids, too.

2. Resist Water

While it is true most hearing aids are resistant to water, they still don’t do well when completely submersed. Waterproof hearing aids and a couple of accessories will be needed if you plan to go swimming with your hearing aid.
Raincoats are available for your hearing aids. Your device is protected by waterproof sleeves that fit snugly over them 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.

A dehumidifier is another item you may want to invest in. Some amount of water will get into the case regardless of what you do. The device is dried out by the dehumidifier without causing damage to the sensitive components.

3. Pair With Your Smartphone

Now when your phone rings you won’t need to remove your hearing aids. Not all hearing aid brands have this feature, though. Wireless streaming capability and Bluetooth enabling are features you will want to think about when purchasing new hearing aids. 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 is useful there, as well. With Bluetooth or wireless, the hearing aids can pick up sound from your TV or MP3 player.

Most hearing aids come with a telephone adaptation, also, that works for both cell phones or landlines. Signals from your phone can be heard in your hearing aid thanks to a telecoil.

4. Learn

That’s right, hearing aids have machine learning capabilities. Some devices will remember what volume you prefer in different situations and will make the adjustment without you doing a thing, for example.

You can also just push a button and recall a particular setup stored in one of the numerous programs.

5. Make the Ringing Stop

For lots of people tinnitus and loss of hearing go hand in hand. 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 clearer. 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 shopping for hearing aids, and want this function, you will need to ask for it.

6. Store Data

Data logging is one of the more modern functions in hearing aid technology but a compelling one. The devices log things like when you use the hearing aids, times you make volume adjustments and what background sounds you encounter.

The advantage is your audiologist or hearing aid retailer can use this data to make essential adjustments to the devices to improve their sound or give you insight to go on when buying new hearing aids.

7. Go Remote

Hearing aids that come with remotes let you to quickly change programs, adjust the volume or even act as a Bluetooth streaming device.

All of these features allow you to do things that weren’t possible years ago even though they aren’t all brand new. Hearing aid technology is constantly progressing, too. Be certain to check out the latest features when you go shopping for a new hearing aid. Schedule an appointment with a hearing care specialist to see them all.

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