Advances in hearing aid technologies have allowed for smaller devices, amazing connectivity across devices, and better plastics that withstand your active lifestyle. The newest sleek, modern, and wired hearing aids suit all of your needs to remain connected to your devices, your friends and family, and to the activities that you love to do. This is all to say that modern hearing aids are sturdy, complex machines that are perfect for your modern, active lifestyle. This list of some of the newest devices will help you make the decision for the best hearing aid for you.
How Hearing Aids Keep You Active & Engaged
There are many ways to maintain your active lifestyle when you are a hearing aid user. The combination of excellent technology that allow you to integrate your hearing aids with the other devices you use other day, plus the sweat-proof capabilities of many modern hearing aids, means that you will never have to slow down or change who you are while maintaining the best hearing possible. And while there are many new hearing aid devices on the market that are perfect for keeping an active lifestyle it is of course important to be vigilant about ensuring that your hearing aids are kept clean, dry, and safe from damage. Keeping your hearing aids in excellent working order will help you continue to keep your active lifestyle for years and years to come.
Made for iPhone Hearing Aids
Starkey’s Halo 2 was awarded the Silver Edison Award in 2015 – and its most recent iteration, the Halo iQ, is loaded with features. It has wireless connectivity that allows users to connect to Apple devices by using Starkey’s TruLink App. The Halo iQ hearing aid can access your iPhone’s GPS to archive your hearing preferences at distinct locations. The company is also leading the way in creating devices that make it easier to hear in complex noise environments, and the Halo iQ is able to access your iPhone’s microphone to amplify sounds that you want to hear.
ReSound has also created the LiNX Quattro hearing aid that is compatible with iPhones, and that allows you personalize your hearing aid using ReSound’s SureFit features. As with the Halo iQ, you can wirelessly connect the LiNX Quattro to the other connectable devices you use; and it is not only capable of connecting to your GPS, but it will archive geo-tagged locations making it easier to adjust your presets when you return to them.
Waterproof or Water-Resistant Aids
If you lead an active lifestyle, ask us about hearing aids with high IP ratings. There are models that are dust proof and waterproof, with IP ratings as high as 68, which measures the degree of protection against debris like dust and sand. The first digit is rated on a scale of 1-7 and the second digit measures the degree of resistance to moisture on a scale from 1-9. Some hearing aids have nearly a perfect score on protection from the elements. In some cases, waterproof or water-resistant hearing aids allow users to shower, swim, and exercise without worry. There are also shockproof hearing aids available, which won’t short out or be interrupted when exposed to the impacts of running or contact sports.
Maintaining Your Hearing Aids
The weather can greatly impact your hearing aids, no matter how technologically advanced they are. Exposure to cold winter air can zap the batteries of your hearing aids and cracked your device’s components. Hot and humid weather can on other hand create condensation that can cause permanent damage to your hearing aids.
There are some things you can do to protect your hearing aid devices from environmental concerns, however. Use cotton swabs to carefully removing debris such as sand from your devices, or to dry their surfaces. If your hearing aids get wet, you can also dry them with a hair dryer set to a cool setting, or place your hearing aids in a bowl of dry, uncooked rice to soak up the moisture.
It is a good idea to keep your hearing aids in a cool location, and to keep them out of direct sunlight. No matter how you try to clean or fix your hearing aids at home, you should always take your devices to us at Posey Hearing a proper cleaning.
If it’s time for an upgrade to new technology, or if you need a professional hearing aid cleaning or repairs, contact us at Posey Hearing today!