Hearing aids, like lots of other devices, are getting smarter, less conspicuous and cooler every day, and just in time. The average American is older, reports The Us Census Department, as the population as a whole continues to age, and sadly, loss of hearing, especially in older people, is extremely common. Approximately 37.5 million adults in America and rising say they have some level of hearing loss.
Fortunately more possibilities for treating hearing loss are available because of amazing advancements in recent hearing technology. A few 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 keep track of several key vital signs as well or better than a fitness tracker? Not only can it track the time between heartbeats to help find potential cardiovascular issues, 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 significant vital signs. Hearing aids also often have other advantages, like the ability to help drown out tinnitus and will help you hear generally so that your social life will get better also. Actually, social involvement has been linked to your general health as well, so really it’s another health metric we should be looking at. 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.
More intelligent and Simpler Streaming
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 resist the allure of talking directly to these assistants, Bluetooth hearing aids allow you to stream sound from any Bluetooth device including your phone or smart TV. Consider the benefits of this: You could hear the play-by-play in the big game clearly over your family’s fun (or at least steer clear of getting yelled at for turning the volume too high). You will be able to manage your loss of hearing more inconspicuously and also appreciate your music, phone calls, and shows more by having them directly in your ears.
Have you noticed that you get ads from Goodreads and they seem to know what type of books you enjoy reading? Or how Amazon somehow know which items to suggest? That’s because big data and artificial intelligence are very powerful. The latest hearing aids can also make adjustments automatically according to your responses 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 also starting to network your hearing aids with other devices belonging to people near you in order to alert you of a potential loud noise danger nearby. 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.
What? No More Tiny 312 Batteries?
Why would you want to continuously wrestle with hearing aid batteries? You can now get rechargeable hearing aids. Even though you can do a lot to help increase the life of your hearing aids’ batteries, truth be told…it’s still aggravating and pricey. Even better, technology to recharge your hearing aids while they are still in your ears is being developed.