A hearing aid can be used to help people who suffer from hearing loss, and the NFL is planning to make it available to its players.
The league announced on Wednesday that it is planning a hearing aid for the 2018 season, and it will be available for use by the players at training camps, the NFL Players Association said in a release.
The hearing aid will be a Bluetooth device that allows players to communicate with each other using their own devices.
The device, called the HearHawk, is expected to be made available for purchase at the beginning of the 2019 NFL season.
“The HearHawks hearing aid is a powerful tool for players, coaches and staff, allowing them to use a single device to listen to each other in the heat of the moment and to hear what they need to hear,” NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith said in the release.
“These hearing aids will help our players stay connected with their coaches and teammates and help us keep our players healthy, as well as our teams’ performance in the NFL.”
The NFL’s concussion policy allows players who are suffering from symptoms to request an exemption from the rule, which allows players not on the active roster to remain on the field during games.
However, if players who suffer a concussion are able to remain off the field for extended periods, the league allows them to return to play.
The league has long made the hearing aid available for players.
However in 2018, the hearing aids became available to the players, who have the option to purchase them as a “team-issued” hearing aid.
The NFLPA released an infographic detailing the new hearing aid in February.
The hearing aid’s price tag is expected be around $150.