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. Even ten years ago, hearing aids weren’t capable of doing the things they can do now. The development of hearing aid tech permits users to participate in activities that seemed unlikely at one point. Hearing aids can now do the following things.

1. Stay Put Even When You are Moving

Jogging or riding a bike while wearing a hearing aid would have been risky in the past. Even top quality hearing aids are subject to damage if they fall out while you are exercising. Now you can to wear your hearing aids while working out whether you are a beginner or an athlete.

The change here is not in the technology, though. Hearing aids that fall out can still get damaged or lost. The simple concept of a hearing aid retention cord solves the problem. It’s sort of like having your hearing aids on a lanyard. They attach to the devices and then clip to your clothes for safety. Hearing aid retention cords area smart option for kids, too.

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 few accessories will be needed if you want to swim with your hearing aid.
Start with a raincoat for your hearing aids. Your device is shielded by waterproof sleeves that fit tightly 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.

The second thing you may want to invest in is a dehumidifier for your hearing aids. It doesn’t matter how cautious you are, some water is going to get into the case. The dehumidifier dries the devices out without damaging their complex electronic parts.

3. Pair With Your Smartphone

No more taking the hearing aid out when your phone rings. However, certain brands don’t have this feature. Wireless streaming capability and Bluetooth enabling are features you will want to consider when buying new hearing aids. This technology allows them to pair with your phone just like Bluetooth earbuds or headphones do.

Interested in streaming a movie? This is another case where wireless features come in handy. With Bluetooth or wireless, the hearing aids can receive sound from your TV or MP3 player.

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

4. Learn

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

They can also include a number of programs so you can store a particular setup in the memory and press a button to recall it when the time is right.

5. Make the Ringing Stop

Loss of hearing and tinnitus go hand in hand for many people. Hearing aids that 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 clearer. The masking noise cancels out the tinnitus, and that ringing stops. Not all brands come with this tinnitus masking tech. If you are investing in hearing aids, and want this function, you will have to ask for it.

6. Store Data

A powerful new feature in hearing aids is data logging. Volume adjustments, when you use the hearing aid, and background noises you encounter are examples of things that are logged by these devices.

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

7. Go Remote

You can quickly lower the volume, change the program, or use your hearing aid as a Bluetooth streaming device if it comes with a remote.

Not all of these features are new, but they all let you do things with your hearing aids that were impossible years ago. Also, progress in hearing aid technology is always being made. If you go shopping for new hearing aids, make sure to check out the latest and greatest features. To see them all, schedule an appointment with a hearing specialist right away.

The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.

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