Hearing aids, like lots of other devices, are getting smarter, less conspicuous and more stylish every day, and just in time. The U.S. census reports that the average American is older as the whole population gets older, and hearing loss is, unfortunately, very common, especially in older adults. Approximately 37.5 million adults in America say they have some hearing loss, and these numbers are going up.
Fortunately hearing technology has had some thrilling advancements recently that will provide more possibilities for treating loss of hearing. Here are just a few of the innovations that are now available.
Your Overall Health Can be Tracked by Your Hearing Aids
Hearing aids are equal to if not better than a fitness tracker at keeping track of many 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 monitors the time between heartbeats to help find any cardiovascular concerns. 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 improve your social life by helping your overall hearing. Actually, social interaction has been connected to your general health as well, so actually it’s another health metric we should be looking at. 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 music.
Streaming Made Simpler And Smarter
Staying connected to your virtual assistants like Siri or Alexa is becoming more important as people get more attached to these features. Even if you ignore the enticement of talking directly to these assistants, hearing aids with Bluetooth provide key features such as streaming music directly from a smart device like your phone or even streaming directly from your smart TV. Just consider the benefits: You can avoid getting yelled at for having the Volume too high while watching this year’s Super Bowl in a room full of screaming friends. Being able to directly stream phone calls, music, shows and more right to your ears not only helps you hear and appreciate them more, but it will also help you manage your hearing loss inconspicuously.
Have you noticed that you get ads from Goodreads and they seem to already know what kind of books you like to read? Or how Amazon somehow know which products to suggest? That’s because big data and artificial intelligence are very powerful. Modern hearing aids harness this type of intelligence and use it to make adjustments based on your past reactions. For instance, if you lowered the volume the last time you went to the train station, your hearing aid will recall that and turn itself down the next time you go into the train station. They are also beginning to network your hearing aids with other devices that belong to people near you in order to inform you of a potential loud noise danger nearby. Over time you will be able to adjust quickly to variations in the hearing environment because your hearing aid will make recommendations based on all the information it has collected.
No More Tiny Batteries to Change.
Why would you want 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, truth be told…it’s still annoying and costly. Even better, they are developing technology to recharge hearing aids without even having to take them out of your ears.