Like lots of other devices, hearing aids are getting smarter all of the time. They’re also more inconspicuous and cooler than ever before. The average American is older, reports The Us Census Department, as the population as a whole continues to age, and loss of hearing is, sadly, very common, especially in older adults. Approximately 37.5 million American adults say they have some amount of hearing loss, and these numbers are increasing.
Luckily hearing technology has had some amazing breakthroughs recently that will provide more solutions for dealing with loss of hearing. Some of the inventions now available are presented here.
Your General Health Can be Tracked by Your Hearing Aids
Hearing aids are equal to if not better than a fitness tracker at tracking many vital signs. Not only can it monitor the time between heartbeats to help find potential cardiovascular problems, but it also monitors calories burned, heart rate, step count, and the total number of steps taken. They are even working on technology that can measure blood pressure, oxygenation of the blood and other important vital signs. There are other potential benefits that come with hearing aids, like the ability to help drown out tinnitus and will enhance your social life by helping your general hearing. Actually, social engagement is another statistic we should look at because it has been linked to your overall health. Since hearing aids can now also sync with your smartphone so you can listen to your tunes, you won’t even need a smartwatch or fitness device?
Simpler And Smarter Streaming
As we get addicted to virtual assistants such as Alexa and Siri, being connected and able to communicate with them is getting more important. Even if talking to these assistants is not your thing, Bluetooth hearing aids provide key advantages such as streaming music directly from a smart device like your phone or maybe even streaming directly from a smart TV. Just consider the benefits: You can avoid getting yelled at for having the Volume too high while watching this year’s Big Game in a room full of screaming friends. You will be capable of managing your hearing loss more discreetly and also enjoy your music, phone calls, and shows more by hearing them directly in your ears.
Have you noticed that you get ads from Goodreads and they seem to already know what type of books you like to read? Or how all your favorite kinds of items get promoted to you by Amazon? This is the power of artificial intelligence and big data. New hearing aid technologies harness this kind of intelligence and use it to make changes according to your past reactions. It will notice how you prefer to turn down the volume when you go into the train station and do that automatically the next time it detects you’ve entered the station (or any other circumstance with to much background noise). They are expanding this technology to include crowdsourcing as well, allowing information from other people to notify 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.
No More Little Batteries to Change.
Why would you want to constantly struggle with hearing aid batteries? You can now get rechargeable hearing aids. While you can do a lot to help increase the life of your hearing aids’ batteries, let’s face it…it’s still costly and annoying. Better yet, they are developing technology that will recharge hearing aids without even having to take them out.