Hearing aids, like many other devices, are getting smarter, less conspicuous and cooler all the time, and just in time. The average American is older, reports The Us Census Department, as the whole population gets older, and hearing loss is, unfortunately, extremely common, especially in older adults. Approximately 37.5 million American adults and rising say they have some amount of hearing loss.
Fortunately more options for dealing with loss of hearing are available because of amazing developments in recent hearing technology. A few of the innovations coming our way 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 monitor the time in between heartbeats to help detect potential cardiovascular concerns, but it also monitors calories burned, heart rate, step count, and the total number of steps taken. They’re also developing technology that can evaluate other significant vital signs like blood pressure and oxygenation of the blood. Hearing aids also often have other advantages, including the ability to help drown out tinnitus and will help your overall hearing so that your social life will get better as well. Actually, social involvement is another statistic we should pay attention to 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 music, you won’t even need a smartwatch or fitness device?
Smarter and Simpler Streaming
Being connected to your virtual assistants like Siri or Alexa is getting to be more important as people get more attached to these features. Even if you defy the lure of talking directly to these assistants, Bluetooth hearing aids offer key advantages such as streaming music directly from a smart device like your phone or even streaming directly from a smart TV. Consider the benefits of this: You can avoid getting yelled at for having the Volume too loud while watching this year’s Big Game in a room full of loud friends. The ability to directly stream phone calls, music, shows and more right to your ears not only helps you hear and enjoy them more, but it will also help you handle your hearing loss discreetly.
Have you noticed that you get ads from Goodreads and they seem to already know what kind of books you enjoy reading? Or how Amazon somehow know which items to recommend? This is the power of artificial intelligence and big data. Modern hearing aids can also make adjustments automatically based on your reactions in the past. As an example, if you turned down 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 visit 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 add up all this information to make recommendations and automatic corrections, so you can adjust quickly to variations in the hearing environment.
You Won’t Have to Keep Replacing Those Tiny Batteries
Who wants to constantly wrestle with hearing aid batteries? Rechargeable hearing aids are now on the market. Even though 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. Better yet, they are developing technology to recharge hearing aids without even needing to take them out.