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 U.S. census reports that the average American is older as the population as a whole ages, and unfortunately, hearing loss, particularly in older people, is really common. Approximately 37.5 million adults in America say they have some amount of hearing loss, and these numbers are increasing.
Luckily more possibilities for dealing with loss of hearing are available due to exciting breakthroughs in recent hearing technology. Some of the innovations coming our way are presented here.
Your Overall Health Can be Tracked by Your Hearing Aids
Hearing aids are equal to if not better than a fitness tracker at keeping track of many vital signs. Not only can it monitor the time in between heartbeats to help detect potential cardiovascular issues, but it also tracks 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. Hearing aids also often have other pluses, 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 has been connected to your general health as well, so really it’s another health statistic we should be looking at. 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 getting to be more important as people get more addicted to these features. Even if you defy the allure of talking directly to these assistants, hearing aids that have Bluetooth offer key features including streaming music directly from a smart device like your phone or maybe even streaming directly from a smart TV. Imagine the benefits of this: You could hear the play-by-play in the next Super Bowl clearly over your family’s fun (or at least avoid getting yelled at for having the volume too high). You will be able to manage your hearing loss more discreetly and also enjoy your shows, phone calls, and music more by having them directly in your ears.
Did you ever notice how Goodreads seems to know what type of book you like to read? Or how all your favorite kinds of items get advertised to you by Amazon? This is the power of artificial intelligence and big data. Current hearing aids can also make adjustments automatically according to your reactions in the past. For 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 go into the train station. They are extending this technology to include crowdsourcing also, enabling information from other people to notify your hearing aids that you’re approaching a loud zone. 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.
You Won’t Have to Keep Changing Those Little Batteries
Who wants to constantly struggle with hearing aid batteries? Rechargeable hearing aids are currently available. While you can do a lot to help extend the life of your hearing aids’ batteries, let’s face it…it’s still annoying and pricey. Better yet, they are developing technology that will recharge hearing aids without even having to take them out of your ears.