Hearing aids, as with lots of other devices, are getting smarter, more inconspicuous and more stylish all the time, and just in time. The average American is older, reports The Us Census Department, as the whole population gets older, and loss of hearing is, unfortunately, extremely common, especially in older adults. Approximately 37.5 million American adults and rising say they have some level of hearing loss.
Luckily more choices for dealing with hearing loss are available due to exciting advancements in recent hearing technology. A few of the developments coming our way are presented here.
Your Overall Health Can be Tracked by Your Hearing Aids
Did you realize that hearing aids can keep track of several important vital signs as well or better than a fitness tracker? Not only can it track the time in between heartbeats to help find potential cardiovascular problems, but it also monitors 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 relevant vital signs. There are other possible advantages that come with hearing aids, including the ability to help drown out tinnitus and will improve your social life by bettering your general hearing. Actually, social involvement is another metric 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.
Streaming Made Smarter 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 allure 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. Imagine the benefits of this: You could hear the analysts in the big game clearly over your family’s cheers (or at least steer clear of getting yelled at for turning the volume too high). 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 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 all your favorite kinds of items get promoted to you by Amazon? That’s because big data and artificial intelligence are very powerful. Modern hearing aids can also make adjustments automatically based on your responses in the past. For instance, if you lowered the volume the last time you visited the train station, your hearing aid will recall that and turn itself down the next time you visit the train station. They are also beginning to network your hearing aids with other devices that belong to people near you in order to warn you of a potential loud noise danger nearby. Over time you can quickly adjust to changes in the hearing environment because your hearing aid will make suggestions based on all the information it has collected.
No More Little Batteries to Change.
Who wants to constantly wrestle with hearing aid batteries? Rechargeable hearing aids are currently on the market. While you can do a lot to help extend the life of your hearing aids’ batteries, let’s face it…it’s still expensive and annoying. Better yet, technology to recharge your hearing aids while they are still in your ears is being developed.