Hearing aids have gone through quite a few iterations in their 200-plus year history. The technology that is used in hearing aids has historically been developed in consequence of a devoted scientist who is either affected by hearing loss or has a friend or family member affected by hearing loss. For instance, Alexander Graham Bell’s mother had significant hearing loss and his wife was deaf.

Here are 10 other little-known facts about hearing aids:

  1. Hearing aids can be synced up with wireless devices through state of the art technology like Bluetooth, so users can easily enjoy direct signals from their smart phone, MP3 player, TV, and other electronic products.
  2. Hearing aids are not one size fits all – the fact is, they can and should be programmable. This indicates that they have the potential to recall the most comfortable settings for the user, often readjusting in real time to the surrounding environment.
  3. Digital hearing aids – a recent development — have drastically reduced the occurrence of agitating feedback, echoes, and background noises. These were par for the course as part of earlier technologies, and they made concentrating much harder.
  4. In conjunction with the amplification of sound, modern hearing aids can also improve and clarify sound.
  5. When used in combination with special induction or hearing loops, hearing aid users can more clearly hear notifications in public areas, meetings, airports, stadiums, and other populated environments. This technology enhances sounds and minimizes all the background noise.
  6. Hearing aids were once only manufactured in beige and related colors to match people’s skin color, so that they were not easily identifiable. Today, users are embracing their hearing aid technology, displaying various colors and patterns to show off their devices and attract attention in a crowd.
  7. Likewise, hearing aids are smaller in size than ever before. They used to be massive, cumbersome contraptions that weighed several pounds and barely amplified sound. Today, hearing aids only weigh a few ounces and provide far superior sound quality.
  8. Today, you can purchase water resistant and waterproof hearing aids to more readily fit in with your lifestyle. Water resistant hearing aids can withstand low levels of humidity and moisture, while waterproof hearing aids can tolerate higher levels of moisture during showering and even swimming.
  9. Many hearing aids are now made with rechargeable technology; instead of having to frequently replace batteries, hearing aids can simply be recharged, thereby avoiding maintenance costs and hassle.
  10. Hearing aids do much more than amplify sound – they can also contain special tinnitus therapy components that provide the user with relief when it comes to constant ringing in the ear.

Now that you know some interesting tidbits about hearing aids and their associated technology, you can better understand what they have to offer the young and the old alike.