Hearing aids, as with lots of other devices, are getting smarter, less conspicuous and cooler all the time, and just in time. The U.S. census reports that the average American is older as the population as a whole continues to age, and sadly, hearing loss, especially in older people, is extremely common. About 37.5 million adults in America and rising say they have some degree of hearing loss.
Luckily hearing technology has had some exciting developments recently that will offer more solutions for dealing with loss of hearing. Here are just a few of the developments that are now available.
Your Overall Health Can be Tracked by Your Hearing Aids
Hearing aids are as good if not better than a fitness tracker at tracking 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 checks the time in between heartbeats to help find any cardiovascular issues. 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, like the ability to help drown out tinnitus and will help your overall hearing so that your social life will get better also. Actually, social involvement is another statistic we should look at because it has been connected to your overall health. Since hearing aids can now also sync with your smartphone so you can listen to your music, who needs a smartwatch or fitness device?
Smarter and Simpler Streaming
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 defy the enticement of talking directly to these assistants, Bluetooth hearing aids provide key advantages such as streaming music directly from a smart device like your phone or maybe even streaming directly from your smart TV. Consider the benefits of this: You could hear the play-by-play in the big game clearly over your family’s cheers (or at least avoid getting yelled at for turning the volume too high). Being able to directly stream music, phone calls, shows and more right to your ears not only helps you hear and appreciate them more, but it will help you handle your hearing loss discreetly.
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 somehow know which items to recommend? That’s because big data and artificial intelligence are very powerful. New hearing aid technologies harness this kind 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 go into 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 expanding this technology to include crowdsourcing also, enabling information from other users to notify your hearing aids that you’re approaching a loud zone. Over time the hearing aids add up all this information to make recommendations and automatic corrections, so you can adjust quickly to changes in the hearing environment.
No More Tiny Batteries to Change.
Who wants to continuously 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 face it…it’s still costly and aggravating. Even better, they are working on technology to recharge hearing aids without even having to take them out.