Like lots of other devices, hearing aids are getting smarter every day. They’re also more inconspicuous and cooler than they ever have been. The U.S. census reports that the average American is older as the population as a whole continues to age, and hearing loss is, unfortunately, really common, particularly in older adults. About 37.5 million adults in America and rising say they have some degree of hearing loss.
Luckily hearing technology has had some amazing advancements recently that will offer more solutions for treating loss of hearing. Here are just a few of the enhancements that are now available.
Hearing Aids That Keep Track of Your General Health
Hearing aids are as good if not better than a fitness tracker at tracking several vital signs. Not only can it monitor the time in between heartbeats to help detect potential cardiovascular issues, but it also monitors calories burned, heart rate, step count, and the total number of steps taken. They are even developing technology that can determine blood pressure, oxygenation of the blood and other significant vital signs. Hearing aids also often have other benefits, like the ability to help drown out tinnitus and will enhance your social life by helping your general hearing. Actually, social engagement is another statistic we should pay attention to because it has been linked to your general health. With these new hearing aids, you won’t even need a fitness device or smartwatch because the hearing aids can sync to your smartphone so you can listen to your tunes.
Streaming Made More Intelligent And Simpler
As we get addicted to virtual assistants such as Alexa and Siri, staying connected and able to communicate with them is becoming more important. Even if you defy the enticement of talking directly to these assistants, Bluetooth hearing aids give key advantages including streaming music directly from a smart device like your phone or maybe even streaming directly from a smart TV. Imagine the advantages of this: You can avoid getting yelled at for having the Volume too high while watching this year’s Big Game in a room full of loud friends. You will be capable of managing your loss of hearing more inconspicuously and also appreciate your music, phone calls, and shows more by having them directly in your ears.
Have you noticed that you get ads from Goodreads and they seem to know what type of books you like to read? Or how Amazon seems to know which products to suggest? This is the power of artificial intelligence and big data. Modern hearing aids harness this type of intelligence and use it to make adjustments according to how you reacted in the past. It will remember that you turn the volume down when you enter the train station and do that automatically the next time it recognizes you’ve entered the station (or any other circumstance with to much background noise). They are also starting to network your hearing aids with other devices belonging to people near you in order to warn you of a possible loud noise danger nearby. Over time the hearing aids analyze all this information to make recommendations and automatic corrections, so you can adjust quickly to changes in the hearing environment.
No More Little Batteries to Change.
Who wants to continuously wrestle with hearing aid batteries? Rechargeable hearing aids are currently available. Even though you can do a lot to help increase the life of your hearing aids’ batteries, truth be told…it’s still costly and irritating. Even better, technology to recharge your hearing aids while they are still in your ears is being developed.