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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.

Since the days when your great, great granddad used one of those ear trumpets to hear, things have changed. Even 10 years ago, hearing aids weren’t able to do the things they can do today. The development of hearing aid tech permits users to do activities that were unlikely at one point. Hearing aids can now do the following things.

1. Don’t Fall Out While Exercising

Jogging or riding a bike with a hearing aid in would have been unheard of in the past. When you are physically active, hearing aids can fall out and that even goes for high quality devices. Now you can to keep your hearing aids in when you’re working out whether you are a novice or an athlete.

The evolution here is not in the technology, however. Hearing aids that fall out can still become broken or lost. The simple idea of a hearing aid retention cord solves the problem. It’s sort of like having your hearing aids on a lanyard. They clip to your clothes and connect to the hearing aid as a safety measure. Kids will also benefit from hearing aid retention cords.

2. Resist Water

While it is true many hearing aids are water resistant, they still won’t do well when completely submersed. Waterproof hearing aids and a few accessories will be necessary if you want to go swimming with your hearing aid.
Start with a raincoat for your hearing aids. Waterproof Sleeves fit securely over the devices to shield them from water damage while still letting you hear. Most of the sleeves have cords that connect to your clothing too, so you don’t lose the hearing aids when you are enjoying some summer fun.

A dehumidifier is an additional piece of equipment you might want to invest in. It doesn’t matter how careful you are, some water will get inside the case. The dehumidifier dries the units out without damaging their fragile electronic parts.

3. Pair With Your Smartphone

Now when your phone rings you won’t need to take your hearing aids out. Not all hearing aid brands have this feature, though. You want to invest in hearing aids that are Bluetooth-enabled or come with the wireless streaming capability. This technology allows them to pair with your phone just like Bluetooth earbuds or headphones do.

Want to stream a movie? This is another case where wireless capabilities come in handy. Sound from your MP3 player or TV can be received by a hearing aid that has Bluetooth technology.

Most hearing aids have 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 correct, hearing aids have machine learning features. Some devices can remember what volume you prefer in different settings and will make the adjustment without you having to do anything, for example.

They can also come with a number of programs so you can store a specific setup in the memory and press a button to load it when the time is right.

5. Make the Ringing Go Away

For lots of people tinnitus and loss of hearing go hand in hand. You will hear sounds better because your hearing aid can produce tinnitus masking noises. The masking noise cancels out the tinnitus, and that ringing stops. Tinnitus masking is a specific feature, though, and not available from all brands. Be certain you ask for it if you are shopping for hearing aids.

6. Store Data

A powerful new feature in hearing aids is data logging. The devices log things like when you use the hearing aids, times you make volume adjustments and what background sounds you come across.

The advantage is your audiologist or hearing aid retailer can pull up this data to make crucial 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 with remotes let you to quickly change programs, lower the volume or even act as a Bluetooth streaming device.

All of these features enable 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 sure to check out the latest features when you go shopping for a new hearing aid. Schedule an appointment with a hearing care professional to see them all.

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