Like lots of other devices, hearing aids are getting more intuitive all of the time. They’re also more inconspicuous and cooler than they ever have been. The average American is older, reports The Us Census Department, as the population as a whole continues to age, and hearing loss is, sadly, very common, especially in older adults. Roughly 37.5 million adults in America and rising say they have some amount of hearing loss.
Fortunately hearing technology has had some amazing advancements recently that will offer more options for treating loss of hearing. Some of the advancements now available are presented here.
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 the time in between heartbeats to help find potential cardiovascular troubles, but it also tracks calories burned, heart rate, step count, and the total number of steps taken. They are even developing technology that can determine blood pressure, oxygenation of the blood and other important vital signs. There are other possible advantages 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 interaction 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 songs, you won’t even need a smartwatch or fitness device?
Streaming Made More Intelligent And Simpler
Being connected to your virtual assistants like Siri or Alexa is becoming more important as people get more addicted to these features. Even if you ignore the lure of talking directly to these assistants, hearing aids with Bluetooth give key features such as streaming music directly from a smart device like your phone or maybe 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 Big Game in a room full of loud friends. Being able 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 help you handle your hearing loss inconspicuously.
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 recommend? This is the power of artificial intelligence and big data. The latest hearing aids can also make changes automatically according to your responses in the past. It will notice how you prefer to turn the volume down when you enter the train station and do that automatically the next time it recognizes you’ve entered the station (or any other situation with a lot of background noise). They are extending this technology to include crowdsourcing as well, allowing information from other people to notify your hearing aids that you’re entering 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.
You Won’t Need to Keep Replacing Those Tiny Batteries
Why would you want to continuously wrestle with hearing aid batteries? Rechargeable hearing aids are currently available. While you can do a lot to help increase the life of your hearing aids’ batteries, let’s be honest…it’s still annoying and costly. Even better, technology to recharge your hearing aids while they are still in your ears is being developed.