Hearing aids, like many other devices, are getting smarter, more inconspicuous and more stylish all the time, and just in time. The U.S. census reports that the average American is older as the population as a whole ages, and sadly, hearing loss, especially in older people, is very common. About 37.5 million adults in America and rising say they have some degree of hearing loss.
The good news is hearing technology has had some thrilling developments recently that will provide more options for treating hearing loss. Some of the inventions coming our way are presented here.
Your Overall Health Can be Tracked by Your Hearing Aids
Did you realize that hearing aids can track some key vital signs as well or better than a fitness tracker? Not only can it monitor the time in between heartbeats to help detect potential cardiovascular problems, 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 significant vital signs. There are other possible benefits that come with hearing aids, including the ability to help drown out tinnitus and will improve your social life by helping your overall hearing. Actually, social interaction has been linked to your general health also, 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, who needs a smartwatch or fitness device?
Streaming Made Easier And More Intelligent
Staying connected to your virtual assistants like Siri or Alexa is becoming more important as people get more addicted to these features. Even if using these assistants is not your thing, hearing aids that have Bluetooth permit you to stream sound from any Bluetooth device including your phone or smart TV. Imagine 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 appreciate them more, but it will help you manage your hearing loss discreetly.
Have you noticed that you get ads from Goodreads and they seem to know what type of books you like to read? Or how all your favorite kinds of items get advertised to you by Amazon? That’s because big data and artificial intelligence are very powerful. Current hearing aids can also make changes automatically according to your reactions in the past. It will remember that you 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 circumstance with to much background noise). They are expanding this technology to include crowdsourcing as well, enabling information from other users to inform your hearing aids that you’re approaching a loud zone. Over time the hearing aids analyze all this information to make suggestions and automatic corrections, so you can adjust quickly to variations in the hearing environment.
No More Little Batteries to Change.
Who wants to constantly wrestle with hearing aid batteries? You can now get rechargeable hearing aids. While you can do a lot to help extend the life of your hearing aids’ batteries, truth be told…it’s still pricey and annoying. Better yet, they are developing technology to recharge hearing aids without even needing to take them out of your ears.