Like lots of other devices, hearing aids are getting more intuitive every day. They’re also less conspicuous and more stylish than ever before. The U.S. census reports that the average American is older as the whole population gets older, and hearing loss is, unfortunately, really common, especially in older adults. Approximately 37.5 million adults in America and rising say they have some level of hearing loss.
Luckily hearing technology has had some exciting breakthroughs recently that will provide more solutions for treating hearing loss. Here are just a few of the innovations that are now available.
Hearing Aids That Track Your General Health
Hearing aids are equal to if not better than a fitness tracker at tracking many vital signs. Not only can it track the time in between heartbeats to help detect potential cardiovascular troubles, but it also monitors calories burned, heart rate, step count, and the total number of steps taken. They are even developing technology that can measure blood pressure, oxygenation of the blood and other important vital signs. There are other possible benefits that come with hearing aids, like the ability to help drown out tinnitus and will improve your social life by helping your overall hearing. Actually, social engagement is another metric we should look at because it has been connected to your overall 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 your tunes.
Streaming Made More Intelligent And Easier
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 you defy the enticement of talking directly to these assistants, Bluetooth hearing aids permit you to stream sound from any Bluetooth device such as your phone or smart TV. Just think of the advantages: 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. You will be capable of managing your loss of hearing more inconspicuously and also appreciate your music, phone calls, and shows more by hearing them directly in your ears.
Ever notice how Goodreads seems to know what type of book you’d like to read? Or how all your favorite kinds of things get promoted to you by Amazon? This is the power of artificial intelligence and big data. The latest hearing aids can also make adjustments automatically according to your responses 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 detects you’ve entered the station (or any other circumstance with a lot of background noise). They are expanding this technology to include crowdsourcing as well, allowing information from other users to notify your hearing aids that you’re entering a loud zone. 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 gathered.
You Won’t Need to Keep Changing Those Tiny Batteries
Why would you want to constantly struggle with hearing aid batteries? You can now get rechargeable hearing aids. While you can do a lot to help increase the life of your hearing aids’ batteries, truth be told…it’s still irritating and costly. What’s better, they are working on technology to recharge hearing aids without even needing to take them out of your ears.