Hearing aid manufacturers are outdoing themselves by engineering hearing aids for those who have active lifestyles, without sacrificing advanced features. You can participate in sports without a concern and even go swimming! Helmets can be put on with ease and wind noise almost eliminated. You can choose a hearing aid that will allow you to participate in all of the activities that you did before. The difference may be that you will enjoy them more.
The goal is to find a hearing aid that will enhance your life. No matter your age, whether your loss is mild, moderate or severe, or whether you spend your free time hiking, biking, weight-lifting at the gym or swimming, there is a hearing aid that will work for you. Tell your audiologist what activities you regularly participate in and your audiologist will help you choose the hearing aid model that is just right for you and meets your needs.
Water-proof aids: Siemens Aquaris
Siemens Hearing designs hearing aids with the whole person in mind. Just because you have lost some (or a lot) of your hearing does not mean you have to give up on activities that you love and enjoy. You can still be as active as you desire. The Siemens Aquaris is an amazing product that is sturdy, fits securely and is also completely waterproof.
You can wear your Aquaris in the swimming pool or at the gym. It is built to be water-proof, shock-proof, dust-proof, sweat and water resistant. Some of its features include:
- The housing and battery door are completely sealed so it is waterproof and resists rusting.
- It can be worn while swimming.
- It is impervious to sweating.
- It is made of a material that repels dust and dirt.
- There is a microphone cover that is used to reduce wind noise.
Siemens makes other different types of hearing aids for you to choose from. They fit all ages and all lifestyles, and work for those with hearing loss ranging from mild to severe.
Invisible-in-canal (IIC): For reduction in wind noise
An IIC hearing aid fits entirely in the ear canal. You can put on a helmet for bike riding or motorcycling without fear of dislodging your aid. Slide on your sunglasses with no worries of your hearing aid interfering. Slip a sweatband over your forehead with ease.
Since the device is in the ear canal, it does not pick-up wind noise as much as other types of aids. Noises enter the ear in the same natural way as it does when there is no hearing aid, so the sound is not processed.
The device is essentially invisible, so none of your fellow riders and friends will even know you are wearing a hearing aid. You can sit in a hot tub or jump in the shower without needing to remove your hearing device.
“Made for iPhone” hearing aids: Starkey Halo
A fairly new and somewhat remarkable breakthrough is a “Made for iPhone” hearing aid that has multiple features. The Starkey Halo connects directly to your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch allowing you to easily adjust the sound of your hearing aid. When you get a phone call, you can even hear the voice of the caller directly through your aid. According to Starkey, you can select music and videos to be “streamed directly into your ears with pristine sound quality.” Background buzzing or whistling are non-existent.