Hearing aids, like many 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 population as a whole ages, and unfortunately, hearing loss, particularly in older people, is extremely common. Roughly 37.5 million adults in America and rising say they have some degree of hearing loss.
Luckily hearing technology has had some amazing developments recently that will provide more solutions for dealing with loss of hearing. Here are just a few of the enhancements coming our way.
Your Overall Health Can be Tracked by Your Hearing Aids
Did you realize that hearing aids can track some important vital signs as well or better than a fitness tracker? Not only can it track step count, how many calories were burned, the total number of steps you took and heart rate, it also checks the time in between heartbeats to help detect any cardiovascular issues. They are even working on technology that can determine blood pressure, oxygenation of the blood and other important vital signs. There are other potential advantages that come with hearing aids, like the ability to help drown out tinnitus and will help your overall hearing so that your social life will get better also. Actually, social interaction has been linked to your overall health as well, so really it’s another health statistic we should be following. Since hearing aids can now also sync with your smartphone so you can listen to your tunes, who needs a smartwatch or fitness device?
Easier And More intelligent Streaming
Being connected to your virtual assistants like Siri or Alexa is becoming more important as people get more attached to these features. Even if talking to these assistants is not your thing, Bluetooth hearing aids give key advantages such as streaming music directly from a smart device like your phone or even streaming directly from your smart TV. Just think of the benefits: You could hear the play-by-play in the big game clearly over your family’s cheers (or at least avoid getting yelled at for turning the volume too loud). Being able to directly stream music, phone calls, shows and more right to your ears not only helps you hear and enjoy them more, but it will also help you handle your hearing loss discreetly.
Have you noticed that you get ads from Goodreads and they seem to know what kind of books you enjoy reading? Or how Amazon seems to know which products to recommend? This is the power of artificial intelligence and big data. New hearing aid technologies harness this kind of intelligence and use it to make adjustments according to your past reactions. As an example, if you lowered 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 beginning to network your hearing aids with other devices belonging to people near you in order to inform you of a possible loud noise danger nearby. Over time you will be able to adjust quickly to variations 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 Replacing Those Tiny Batteries
Who wants to continuously struggle with hearing aid batteries? Rechargeable hearing aids are currently available. While you can do a lot to help increase the life of your hearing aids’ batteries, let’s face it…it’s still irritating and pricey. What’s better, they are developing technology that will recharge hearing aids without even needing to take them out.