Hearing aids, as with many other devices, are getting smarter, more inconspicuous and cooler 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. About 37.5 million American adults say they have some amount of hearing loss, and these numbers are climbing.
Luckily more options for dealing with hearing loss are available because of exciting breakthroughs in recent hearing technology. A few of the advancements now available are presented here.
Hearing Aids That Track Your Overall Health
Hearing aids are as good if not better than a fitness tracker at tracking many vital signs. Not only can it track the time between heartbeats to help detect potential cardiovascular troubles, but it also tracks calories burned, heart rate, step count, and the total number of steps taken. They are even working on 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 bettering your general hearing. Actually, social involvement is another statistic we should pay attention to because it has been connected to your general health. 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.
Smarter and Simpler Streaming
As we get addicted to virtual assistants like Alexa and Siri, staying 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 features including streaming music directly from a smart device like your phone or even streaming directly from your smart TV. Consider the advantages of this: You could hear the analysts in the big game clearly over your family’s fun (or at least steer clear of getting yelled at for having the volume too high). You will be able to manage your loss of hearing more discreetly and also enjoy your music, phone calls, and shows more by having them directly in your ears.
Did you ever notice how Goodreads seems to know what type of book you’d like to read? Or how Amazon seems to know which items to suggest? This is the power of artificial intelligence and big data. Modern hearing aids harness this kind of intelligence and use it to make changes based on your past reactions. For example, if you turned down the volume the last time you went to the train station, your hearing aid will remember that and turn itself down the next time you go into the train station. They are extending this technology to include crowdsourcing as well, enabling information from other users to inform your hearing aids that you’re entering a loud zone. Over time the hearing aids analyze all this information to make suggestions and automatic corrections, so you can adjust quickly to changes in the hearing environment.
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 face it…it’s still frustrating and costly. What’s better, they are working on technology that will recharge hearing aids without even having to take them out.