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Hearing by remote control

Hearing aids have come a long way since your great great grandad used a hand-held ear horn to amplify sound. Today, hearing aids are tiny digital devices that can barely be seen in an ear. Even better, they can be controlled by remote control or smartphone apps.

Consider the ReSound LiNXTM, introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show in early 2014. These sleek little hearing aids pair up with an iPhone. You can sync the two devices to make hands-free phone calls, listen to music, listen to streaming video, get map directions, and more--all of the things you can also do with a Bluetooth headset.

The best part of these new technologically advanced devices? The option for remote control and a memory system that will automatically adjust your hearing aid the next time you return to that restaurant, movie theater, or other location.

No more suffering with too-loud sound or looking for a discrete place to change the settings. Today, you can download an app, pull out your smartphone, and made a few quick adjustments without fuss. Your friends will think you're just sending a text.

Even better, the customized settings and preset functions will "remember" where you are and automatically adjust your hearing aid.

For example, the first time you're in a restaurant, you may need to increase the ambient noise reduction. Just open the app, tap it, and the hearing aids adjust themselves. Then, the app uses geolocation to remember your setting for that restaurant. The next time you visit, your hearing aids will automatically adjust.

The Linx and other state-of-the-art hearing aids can be purchased through TruHearing, a discount program provided by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois' Blue365 program.

Learn more about hearing loss and how hearing aids can help you get more out of life.