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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. Even a decade ago, hearing aids weren’t able to do the things they can do now. The development of hearing aid tech allows users to participate in activities that seemed unlikely at one point. Hearing aids can now do the following things.

1. Don’t Fall Out While Exercising

Jogging or riding a bike while wearing a hearing aid would have been unheard of in the past. When you are physically active, hearing aids can fall out even high quality ones. Now you can to wear your hearing aids while exercising whether you are a novice or an athlete.

The evolution here is not in the technology, however. You can still damage or lose your hearing aids if they fall out. The straightforward principle of a hearing aid retention cord solves the problem. Think of it as 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 won’t do well when completely submersed. Instead, if you want to swim you’ll need to get yourself waterproof hearing aids and think about a few add-ons.
Protective coverings are available for your hearing aids. Your device is shielded by waterproof sleeves that fit securely over them and still allows you to hear. Most of the sleeves have cords that connect 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 might want to invest in. No matter how careful you are, some amount of water will get into the case. The unit is dried out by the dehumidifier without causing damage to the fragile components.

3. Pair With Your Smartphone

Now when your phone rings you don’t need to remove your hearing aids. Not all hearing aid brands do this, however. Wireless streaming capability and Bluetooth enabling are capabilities you will want to consider when shopping for new hearing aids. This technology lets them pair with your phone the same way Bluetooth earbuds or headphones do.

Interested in streaming a movie? Wireless comes in handy in this situation, too. Sound from your MP3 player or TV can be received by a hearing aid that is equipped with Bluetooth technology.

Also, for cell phones or landlines, these hearing aids have a phone function. 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 will make volume adjustments depending on the setting by remembering your preference and you don’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 the time is right.

5. Make the Ringing Stop

For many people tinnitus and loss of hearing are closely linked. You will hear sounds more clearly because your hearing aid can produce 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. Make certain you ask for it if you are shopping for hearing aids.

6. Store Data

Data logging is one of the newer features in hearing aid technology but a powerful one. Volume adjustments, when you use the hearing aid, and background noises you encounter are examples of things that are logged by these devices.

The advantage is your audiologist or hearing aid retailer can pull up this data to make critical adjustments to the devices to improve their sound or give you information to go on when purchasing 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 it comes with a remote.

All of these functions enable you to do things that weren’t possible years ago even though 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 check out the latest and greatest features. To see them all, schedule an appointment with a hearing specialist right away.

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