Like many other devices, hearing aids are getting more intuitive every day. They’re also less conspicuous and more stylish than they ever have been. The average American is older, reports The Us Census Department, as the whole population gets older, and loss of hearing is, sadly, extremely common, particularly in older adults. Roughly 37.5 million American adults and rising say they have some level of hearing loss.
Fortunately more choices for treating loss of hearing are available due to amazing developments in recent hearing technology. Here are just a few of the innovations coming our way.
Your Overall Health Can be Tracked by Your Hearing Aids
Hearing aids are as good if not better than a fitness tracker at keeping track of many vital signs. Not only can it track 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 detect any cardiovascular concerns. They’re also developing technology that can measure other key vital signs such as blood pressure and oxygenation of the blood. There are other possible benefits that come with hearing aids, including the ability to help drown out tinnitus and will help you hear generally so that your social life will improve also. Actually, social engagement has been linked to your overall health as well, so actually it’s another health statistic we should be following. 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 your tunes.
Smarter and Simpler Streaming
Staying 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 using these assistants is not your thing, Bluetooth hearing aids provide key features including streaming music directly from a smart device like your phone or maybe even streaming directly from your smart TV. Consider the advantages of this: You could hear the play-by-play in the big game clearly over your family’s fun (or at least avoid getting yelled at for having the volume too high). You will be capable of managing your hearing loss more inconspicuously and also enjoy your music, phone calls, and shows more by hearing them directly in your ears.
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? This is the power of artificial intelligence and big data. Modern hearing aids can also make changes automatically based on your reactions in the past. 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 recognizes you’ve entered the station (or any other circumstance with to much background noise). They are also beginning to network your hearing aids with other devices belonging to people near you in order to inform you of a possible loud noise danger nearby. Over time you can quickly adjust to variations in the hearing environment because your hearing aid will make recommendations based on all the information it has gathered.
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 extend the life of your hearing aids’ batteries, let’s face it…it’s still aggravating and expensive. Better yet, technology to recharge your hearing aids while they are still in your ears is being developed.