Do you know what hearing aids are capable of these days? Through modern, cutting-edge technology, hearing aids have been shrunken down to tiny electronic devices, smaller than a dime.
These devices are now invisible, which is great news for people who do not want their hearing aids to be obvious, do not want their special needs to be out there, nor do not want to stand out.
Though it is tiny, these hearing aids are very powerful. It has adaptive feedback. Adaptive feedback is a feature to filter out acoustic feedbacks.
When amplified, sounds from the ear canal leak back to the hearing device, it results in irritating whistling and screeching sounds. As many as 30% of hearing aid users complained about how whistling sounds cause them inconvenience.
Adaptive feedback now identifies these sounds and eliminates them, resulting in a clearer, more peaceful experience for their users. Modern hearing aids also have background noise reduction, which means that sounds of electric fans and traffic won’t be amplified as much as speech sounds.
They have inbuilt speech recognition, amplifying what others are saying more clearly. Another invention is the water-resistant and waterproof feature, which means that damages due to moisture will be minimized.
Another great innovation is the binaural or two eared hearing aids. Both aids are wirelessly synced so that you won’t be hearing delayed sounds in one ear. With older models and older technology used for hearing aids, there is only one device provided to be used with one ear.
We use both ears to listen. This helps us to know where the sound is coming from in our surroundings. It also helps sounds be more natural and makes understanding what other people are saying, easier. Binaural aids provide this kind of functionality as well.
Some aids even have the functionality to pair your mobile, mp3 or any Bluetooth device directly in the hearing device which doubles as an earphone.
This allows you to listen to your calls, music and even television shows through these innovative hearing devices. Deafness and hearing loss can now be called a thing of the past because of what technology has contributed to its functionality.
We can safely say that they are no longer simple amplifiers, but these are small high-performance computers that have nothing in common with the bulky, awkward devices of the past.
Another main benefit of newer models is the comfort given to the user. With the tiny size and shape designed to fit perfectly, users can almost forget that they have anything in the ear.
The right aids can change your life and reopen the world of hearing from you.
Scientists, designers, and engineers have worked together to produce powerful hearing amplifiers, without compromising their working. Included here are information about two of the best features of modern hearing aids; the tiny size and waterproof feature.
Water-resistant hearing aids
Water-resistant and waterproof are two different things. Water-resistant hearing aids are those which repel water. Which means, these devices are made of materials wherein water can easily slide off the device to repel it. On the other hand, it is not tightly sealed so as to protect the inside.
It can not be used in the shower, under the rain or while swimming. It may survive the rain yet if it’s an abnormally strong storm, or you stand under the rain for too long, rest assured that it will not function after getting wet.
Waterproof aids, on the contrary, can be submerged in water completely without loss of functionality.
Water-resistant hearing aids give no guarantee that water will not eventually be able to seep in. The delicate internal parts will eventually be damaged by the moisture if exposed to water for long periods of time. If you accidentally wet your aids, you must dry it out thoroughly.
Remove the battery, leave it out open overnight to dry up any moisture in all its components. It is also advisable to wipe these hearing devices after sweating a lot. A dehumidifier can also be used to dry it out.
When Are Water Resistant Hearing Aids Needed
If you live in a humid country, or by the sea, then the surroundings will have a lot of moisture, which could damage your aids. You should also look for this feature when choosing hearing aids. if you have excessively oily skin or you produce a lot of earwax this is also another thing that needs to be considered.
Waterproof Hearing Aids
Waterproof hearing aids provide 100% protection against water damage. It can be used while swimming or showering. Creating a waterproof hearing aid is an incredibly tedious task. As the entire aid must be in one solid piece with no screws, joints, or any openings where water might seep in.
Even places where water might be able to enter, like the battery case or microphone must be sealed properly and separately.
The case of the battery will require a special kind of sealant which will allow air to enter, but not water. The most advanced aids can keep out 100% of dust and can be submerged up to 3 feet of water
For this reason, few companies are currently stocking on such aids, as few have been manufactured with this design feature.
Tips For Keeping Hearing Aids Moisture Free
Water damage is the most common reason for the wear and tear of all kinds of electronic goods. It’s no surprise that moisture is the primary cause of hearing aid damage as well.
It may be surprising, but a 3500 dollar device can be completely ruined by nothing more than a splash of water.
By following these tips to prevent water damage, the lifespan of the pricey hearing device can be preserved and it can save you from having to buy a new pair all over again.
Buy a higher resistance device:
The International Electrochemical Commission (IEC) provides a dual ranking system of different devices, on how tolerant they are to dust and water. This is known as IP, or the International Protection code.
Devices that are more resistant are assigned higher numbers. For protection against dust, the scale ranges from 0 to 6, and for water resistance, it ranges from 0 to 9.
These codes are available alongside the product description, so be sure to find a device which provides the amount of protection that is required.
Be prepared when visiting a wet place:
Always remember to store your hearing aids in a safe, dry place whenever you visit a wet place such as the pool, the beach, etc.
To do this, buy waterproof containers and keep them in your purse, in your car, or any place where your hearing device will not get wet or get moisture at any time. Remember to buy high quality 100% waterproof containers, so it’ll be safe even if it gets drenched.
Buy a hearing aid sock:
Hearing aid socks or sleeves are made of water-resistant spandex nylon. The sleeve protects the device from dust, water, and other environmental factors, while at the same time, it allows sound to enter the device.
It will not give 100% waterproofing (you can’t use them in water) but it helps protect the hearing aids from splashes. It comes with cords that can be attached to your clothes. With this, it also prevents the device from accidentally falling out and getting damaged.
Buy a hearing aid dryer:
If you’re afraid of dropping your aids into the water and damaging it, consider buying a dehumidifier. Electronic ones come with a small fan to dry, while non-electronics have desiccants which can absorb moisture.
Buy insurance aids:
This will help protect the device from theft, loss, and damage.
Nano hearing aids
Nano hearing aids also called invisible hearing aids, or CIC (Completely in Canal) hearing aids are the latest innovation to the digital hearing system. A recent study revealed that invisible hearing aids would increase 30-40% the chances of people buying hearing devices.
But this type of hearing aid is not suitable for everyone. Present models have the limitation that only people with less waxy and un-perforated eardrums and with wider ear canals can use a CIC. The ear canal must be wide and high enough so it can easily fit in the ear.
Benefits of Invisible Hearing Aids
The CIC is mainly aimed towards people who feel conscious wearing hearing aids and thus refuse to do so. Any person with hearing loss can use this kind of hearing device, anyone who wants an effortless experience.
A great advantage of these aids is that it can be worn even at night. You won’t have the hassle of removing and cleaning every night. Invisible devices are best for busy people, such as in the business world and especially for sports lovers because of its waterproof feature.
As small as it is, these hearing devices are getting more powerful and efficient with the use of advanced technology. New models can also be personalized with a 3D impression of the ear and created through 3D printing to provide a snug fit. These hearing aids can be kept in the ears for up to three months even before the battery needs to be changed!
Drawbacks of Invisible Hearing Aids
Right now, this device is only available for people with medium hearing loss. For severe hearing loss, bigger hearing aids are more ideal. This is due to battery power. The unit is so tiny; only a small battery can fit. It can support hearing losses of up to low-frequency 65db and high-frequency 90db.
Hearing aids are constantly upgraded these days for better functionality and reliability with the help of technology. Multiple brands have entered the market making it more difficult to choose which hearing aid to use.
By researching various products, it can narrow down your choice into few brands. And with the help of an audiologist, it can give you a better perspective of which type of hearing device is necessary for your hearing need.
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