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Hearing aids didn’t just come to be. It’s taken 200 years to get to where we are now. These technological advancements over the last two decades have been spurred by the dedication of scientists who know someone close to them with a hearing problem, such as Alexander Graham Bell. He had a deaf wife, as well as his mother who had a hearing impairment. Let’s check out some interesting facts about hearing aids you may not have realized.

1. Featuring rechargeable batteries, today’s models help you save money and hassle. Why? You don’t have to keep buying and installing new batteries each time they wear out.

2. For the best enhancement and operation, hearing aids should be programmed before use by a professional. This makes the hearing aid unique to the individual, by saving comfort settings and reacting to stimuli in the environment.

3. Digital hearing aids help with feedback reduction, eliminating echoes and background noises, prevalent in the last 20 years. Digital hearing aids can take away outside distractions that older versions simply couldn’t achieve.

4. Along with the amplification of sound, hearing aids can now address the ear ringing that is prevalent in people who have tinnitus, providing a special kind of tinnitus therapy.

5. Heavy and cumbersome, the earliest hearing aids were extremely large and posed challenge for the users. These devices did not even increase the sound all that well. Fast forward to today’s tiny versions of today which are so lightweight users hardly know they’re wearing them.

6. Induction loops work alongside hearing aids to keep crowd noise to a minimum so the user can clearly hear announcements or someone at a meeting. You’ll often find this in conference rooms at businesses. These loops also eliminate background noise and frequency distortion that are notorious at airports, concert halls and stadiums.

7. Technology has brought us state of the hearing aids and wireless devices that can be used in tandem with Bluetooth for a seamless connection. This gives users the ability to integrate their hearing aids with a smart phone, TV or MP3 player.

8. Were you aware that know water resistant and waterproof hearing aids allow you to spend time in humid environments or even go swimming? Water resistant devices will resist very high humidity levels, such as in tropical locations or within a steam room, while waterproof models won’t get wet when you go swimming or take a shower.

9. While sound amplification is a big component of any hearing aid worth its sale, the clarity of sound and filtering of background noises can be even more crucial. Thanks to modern hearing devices, the listening experience is much better for each individual.

10. The trend today is to be proud of the device and wear hearing aids in bright colors and patterns. Younger people in particular take this approach. Boring beige used to be the sole color in which hearing aids were available. That’s no longer the case, even though the neutral colored ones provide discretion and blend in better with the ear.

Hearing aids are revolutionary, and come so far in just two centuries, from ear trumpets to today’s digital versions.