Hearing aids, as with many other devices, are getting smarter, less conspicuous and more stylish every day, and just in time. The average American is older, reports The Us Census Department, as the population as a whole continues to age, and hearing loss is, sadly, extremely common, particularly in older adults. Approximately 37.5 million American adults and rising say they have some amount of hearing loss.
Luckily more possibilities for dealing with loss of hearing are available due to amazing advancements in recent hearing technology. A few of the innovations coming our way are presented here.
Your Overall Health Can be Tracked by Your Hearing Aids
Did you realize that hearing aids can keep track of several key vital signs as well or better than a fitness tracker? Not only can it monitor the time between heartbeats to help find potential cardiovascular troubles, but it also tracks calories burned, heart rate, step count, and the total number of steps taken. They are even working on technology that can determine blood pressure, oxygenation of the blood and other significant vital signs. Hearing aids also often have other pluses, including the ability to help drown out tinnitus and will help you hear generally so that your social life will get better also. Actually, social engagement has been linked to your overall health as well, so actually it’s another health statistic we should be looking at. Since hearing aids can now also sync with your smartphone so you can listen to your songs, who needs a smartwatch or fitness device?
Simpler And More intelligent Streaming
Staying connected to your virtual assistants like Siri or Alexa is becoming more important as people get more addicted to these features. Even if you defy the allure of talking directly to these assistants, hearing aids that have Bluetooth allow you to stream sound from any Bluetooth device including your phone or smart TV. Just think of the benefits: You could hear the play-by-play in the next Super Bowl clearly over your family’s fun (or at least avoid getting yelled at for having the volume too loud). You will be capable of managing your hearing loss more inconspicuously and also appreciate your music, phone calls, and shows more by hearing 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 all your favorite kinds of items get advertised to you by Amazon? That’s because big data and artificial intelligence are very powerful. The latest hearing aids can also make adjustments automatically according to your responses in the past. It will notice how you prefer to turn down the volume when you go into the train station and do that automatically the next time it detects you’ve entered the station (or any other situation with a lot of background noise). They are also starting to network your hearing aids with other devices that belong to people near you in order to inform you of a possible loud noise danger nearby. Over time you can adjust quickly to changes in the hearing environment because your hearing aid will make suggestions based on all the information it has gathered.
You Won’t Need to Keep Replacing Those Little Batteries
Who wants to constantly struggle with hearing aid batteries? You can now get rechargeable hearing aids. While you can do a lot to help increase the life of your hearing aids’ batteries, let’s be honest…it’s still annoying and expensive. Even better, technology to recharge your hearing aids while they are still in your ears is being developed.