Hearing aids, like many other devices, are getting smarter, more inconspicuous 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 unfortunately, hearing loss, especially in older people, is extremely common. About 37.5 million adults in America say they have some amount of hearing loss, and these numbers are going up.
Luckily more choices for treating loss of hearing are available due to amazing breakthroughs in recent hearing technology. Here are just a few of the developments that are now available.
Your Overall Health Can be Tracked by Your Hearing Aids
Did you realize that hearing aids can track several key vital signs as well or better than a fitness tracker? Not only can it track the time in between heartbeats to help find potential cardiovascular troubles, but it also tracks 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 significant vital signs. There are other possible benefits that come with hearing aids, including the ability to help drown out tinnitus and will help you hear generally so that your social life will get better also. Actually, social engagement is another statistic we should look at because it has been linked to your general 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 Simpler And More Intelligent
Being connected to your virtual assistants like Siri or Alexa is getting to be 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 features such as streaming music directly from a smart device like your phone or even streaming directly from a smart TV. Consider the benefits of this: You could hear the play-by-play in the next Super Bowl clearly over your family’s cheers (or at least steer clear of getting yelled at for turning the volume too loud). You will be capable of managing your hearing loss more inconspicuously and also enjoy your music, phone calls, and shows more by having them directly in your ears.
Did you ever notice how Goodreads seems to know what kind of book you like to read? Or how all your favorite kinds of things get advertised to you by Amazon? That’s because big data and artificial intelligence are very powerful. The latest hearing aids can also make adjustments automatically according to your reactions in the past. As an example, if you turned down the volume the last time you visited the train station, your hearing aid will recall that and turn itself down the next time you visit the train station. They are extending this technology to include crowdsourcing also, allowing information from other people to inform your hearing aids that you’re approaching a loud zone. Over time the hearing aids add up all this information to make recommendations and automatic corrections, so you can adjust quickly to changes in the hearing environment.
You Won’t Need to Keep Replacing Those Tiny Batteries
Why would you want to constantly wrestle with hearing aid batteries? Rechargeable hearing aids are now on the market. Even though 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. What’s better, they are working on technology that will recharge hearing aids without even having to take them out of your ears.