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

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

1. Through state of the art technology like Bluetooth, hearing aids can be synced wirelessly with MP3 players, TVs, smart-phones, and other gadgets, allowing the user to enjoy direct signals from each of these devices.

2. Hearing aids are not one size fits all – in fact, they can and should be programmable. This indicates that they have the potential to recall the most comfortable settings for the user, often changing in real time to the immediate environment.

3. Digital hearing aids – a recent innovation — have sharply diminished the prevalence of aggravating feedback, echoes, and background sounds. These were par for the course as part of earlier technologies, and they made concentrating much harder.

4. In addition to the amplification of sound, modern hearing aids can also enhance and clarify sound.

5. When used in combination with special induction or hearing loops, hearing aid users can more clearly hear notices in public places, meetings, airports, stadiums, and other congested 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 the color of people’s skin, so that they were not easily discernible. Today, users are embracing their hearing aid technology, wearing a number of colors and patterns to showcase their devices and stand out in a crowd.

7. Likewise, hearing aids are smaller than ever before. They used to be large, cumbersome gadgets that weighed several pounds and barely amplified sound. Today, hearing aids only weigh a few ounces and provide remarkably better sound quality.

8. Today, you can pick up water resistant and waterproof hearing aids to more readily compliment your lifestyle. Water resistant hearing aids can withstand low levels of humidity and moisture, while waterproof hearing aids can withstand 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 are not only for the hard of hearing — individuals suffering from tinnitus can often obtain relief from the constant ringing with the special tinnitus therapy components contained in many hearing aids.

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