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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. Newer hearing aids are able to do so much more than they could do even a decade ago. The development of hearing aid technology permits users to participate in activities that seemed unlikely in the past. 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. Even top quality hearing aids can be damaged 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.

However, the change is not only in the technology. You can still damage or lose your hearing aids if they fall out. Innovation wins out with a simple idea: hearing aid retention cords. It’s kind of like putting 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

Most hearing aids don’t do well when fully underwater despite the fact that they are water resistant. Instead, if you want to go swimming you’ll need to get waterproof hearing aids and consider a few add-ons.
Start with a protective covering 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 while enjoying summer activities.

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

3. Pair With Your Smartphone

No more having to remove your hearing aid every time your phone rings. Not all hearing aid brands have this feature, however. You want to purchase hearing aids that are Bluetooth-enabled or come with the wireless streaming capability. This technology lets them 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. Sound from your MP3 player or TV can be received by a hearing aid that is equipped with Bluetooth technology.

The majority of 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, machine learning capabilities are available in many models. Some devices will remember what volume you prefer in different settings and will make the adjustment without you having to do anything, for instance.

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

5. Getting Rid of The Ringing

Loss of hearing and tinnitus go hand in hand for lots of people. You will hear sounds better because your hearing aid can produce tinnitus masking noises. The ringing will go away after the masking sound cancels the tinnitus. Not all brands have this tinnitus masking technology. If you are investing in hearing aids, and need this function, you will need to ask for it.

6. Store Data

Data logging is one of the more recent features in hearing aid technology but a powerful one. The devices log things like when you use the hearing aids, times you make volume changes and what background noises you encounter.

The advantage 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 information to go on when buying new hearing aids.

7. Go Remote

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

All of these functions enable you to do things that were impossible years ago despite the fact that they aren’t all brand new. Hearing aid tech is always progressing, too. Be sure to take a look at the latest features when you go shopping for a new hearing aid. Make an appointment with a hearing care specialist to see them all.

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