Hearing aids, like lots of other devices, are getting smarter, less conspicuous and more stylish all the time, and just in time. The average American is older, reports The Us Census Department, as the population as a whole ages, and sadly, loss of hearing, particularly in older people, is very common. Approximately 37.5 million adults in America say they have some hearing loss, and these numbers are increasing.
Luckily more options for treating hearing loss are available because of amazing developments in recent hearing technology. Here are just a few of the developments coming our way.
Your General Health Can be Tracked by Your Hearing Aids
Did you know that hearing aids can keep track of some key vital signs as well or better than a fitness tracker? 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 in between heartbeats to help detect any cardiovascular concerns. They’re also developing technology that can assess other significant vital signs like blood pressure and oxygenation of the blood. There are other potential advantages that come with hearing aids, like the ability to help drown out tinnitus and will enhance your social life by bettering your overall hearing. Actually, social involvement is another statistic we should look at because it has been connected to your general health. Since hearing aids can now also sync with your smartphone so you can listen to your tunes, you won’t even need a smartwatch or fitness device?
Streaming Made Simpler And More Intelligent
As we get addicted to virtual assistants like Alexa and Siri, being connected and able to communicate with them is becoming more important. Even if talking to these assistants is not your thing, Bluetooth hearing aids give key advantages such as streaming music directly from a smart device like your phone or even streaming directly from a smart TV. Consider the advantages of this: You can steer clear of getting yelled at for having the Volume too high while watching this year’s Super Bowl in a room full of loud friends. You will be able to manage your loss of hearing more discreetly and also enjoy your shows, phone calls, and music more by hearing them directly in your ears.
Ever notice how Goodreads seems to know what type of book you’d like to read? Or how all your favorite kinds of items get promoted to you by Amazon? 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 your past reactions. It will notice how you prefer to turn the volume down when you go into the train station and do that automatically the next time it detects you’ve entered the station (or any other circumstance with to much background noise). They are extending this technology to include crowdsourcing also, allowing 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 suggestions and automatic corrections, so you can adjust quickly to changes in the hearing environment.
What? No More Tiny 312 Batteries?
Why would you want to continuously wrestle with hearing aid batteries? You can now get rechargeable hearing aids. Even though you can do a lot to help extend the life of your hearing aids’ batteries, let’s be honest…it’s still pricey and irritating. Better yet, they are working on technology to recharge hearing aids without even needing to take them out.