Like lots of other devices, hearing aids are getting smarter all of the time. They’re also more inconspicuous and more stylish than ever before. The average American is older, reports The Us Census Department, as the whole population gets older, and unfortunately, loss of hearing, particularly in older people, is very common. Approximately 37.5 million American adults say they have some amount of hearing loss, and these numbers are increasing.
Luckily hearing technology has had some exciting breakthroughs recently that will provide more solutions for dealing with hearing loss. Here are just a few of the developments that are now available.
Your General Health Can be Tracked by Your Hearing Aids
Hearing aids are as good if not better than a fitness tracker at keeping track of several vital signs. Not only can it keep track of step count, how many calories were burned, the total number of steps you took and heart rate, it also checks the time in between heartbeats to help find any cardiovascular worries. They are even developing technology that can measure blood pressure, oxygenation of the blood and other relevant vital signs. Hearing aids also often have other benefits, including the ability to help drown out tinnitus and will help you hear generally so that your social life will improve as well. Actually, social involvement has been linked to your general health as well, so actually it’s another health statistic we should be following. Since hearing aids can now also sync with your smartphone so you can listen to your songs, who needs a smartwatch or fitness device?
Streaming Made More Intelligent And Simpler
Staying connected to your virtual assistants like Siri or Alexa is getting to be more important as people get more attached to these features. Even if you defy the allure of talking directly to these assistants, Bluetooth hearing aids give key advantages such as streaming music directly from a smart device like your phone or maybe even streaming directly from a smart TV. Consider the benefits of this: 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 high). You will be able to manage your loss of hearing more discreetly and also appreciate your music, phone calls, and shows more by hearing them directly in your ears.
Did you ever notice how Goodreads seems to know what type of book you like to read? Or how Amazon seems to know which products to recommend? This is the power of artificial intelligence and big data. The latest hearing aids can also make adjustments automatically according to your reactions in the past. It will notice how you prefer to turn down the volume when you enter the train station and do that automatically the next time it recognizes you’ve entered the station (or any other situation with a lot of background noise). They are expanding this technology to include crowdsourcing also, allowing information from other users to inform your hearing aids that you’re approaching a loud zone. Over time you can adjust quickly to variations in the hearing environment because your hearing aid will make recommendations based on all the information it has collected.
What? No More Little 312 Batteries?
Who wants to continuously struggle with hearing aid batteries? You can now get rechargeable hearing aids. Even though you can do a lot to help increase the life of your hearing aids’ batteries, let’s be honest…it’s still pricey and aggravating. What’s better, they are developing technology that will recharge hearing aids without even needing to take them out.