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Technology is developing into stronger, smarter, and smaller devices. In general, the trend is that devices have more features and take up less space.

So it’s not surprising that hearing aids are no different. The world’s population is getting older and hearing problems, though they can have many different causes, are more common amongst older people. Around 37.5 million adults and 3 million Canadians describe some amount of hearing impairment according to the National Institutes of Health. And that number is rising as age is the best demographic variable to predict hearing loss.

If you’re dealing with hearing loss, that’s one person too many. Better ways to minimize hearing loss? Let’s have them! Here are some of the innovations that are happening.

Using Your Hearing Aid to Track Your Entire Body

This is so obvious, it’s one of those “Now why didn’t I think of that” developments. Health and fitness trackers need to be worn on the body. So do you really need a device on your wrist if you already have one in your ear? Nope! If you have a newer hearing aid, it can most likely track your pulse, physical activity along with improving hearing problems such as tinnitus. Hearing aids also have the ability to monitor things that other wearables normally don’t, like the duration of conversations. How much social engagement you get can actually be an essential health metric, particularly as you get older.

Better Streaming Straight to You

Connectivity is the important watchword, as virtual assistants like Siri and Alexa have advanced from smartphones to in-home devices without missing a beat. Some hearing aids that have Bluetooth capabilities now let users stream audio directly from a device, like a smart TV for example, to the hearing aids. Android developers now have open-source specifications provided by Google which allows them to use specific Bluetooth channels to stream continuous audio straight to your hearing aid. This type of technology is helping hearing aids function almost like super-powered wireless headphones, making it easier to enjoy music, movies, and more.

Big Data Allows Smart Adjustments

Your next hearing aid might make individualized recommendations much like how a Fitbit informs you of fitness goals or how Netflix recommends your next movie in line with your viewing trend. The places you go and the adjustments you make will allow these new hearing aids, being developed by a few companies, to learn your behaviors. Some take it one step further, crowdsourcing information on how people use their hearing aids anonymizing and then aggregating the data. So whether you’re watching TV at home, or in an IMAX theater, your hearing aids will be able to use this information to identify what your situation is and make adjustments to give you the most enjoyable audio experience.

Finally Losing The Batteries

Ya, it sounds too good to be true, hearing aids that don’t require batteries? After all, making sure you’ve got spare batteries with you, or even taking time to recharge your hearing aid batteries, can be a pain in the, um, ear. While a hearing aid that doesn’t use any batteries at all may seem like wishful thinking, rechargeable battery technology continues to improve. You’ll get quicker charging time, longer use time, and less worry about batteries, which seems pretty good.

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