Hearing aids, like many other devices, are getting smarter, more inconspicuous and more stylish every day, and just in time. The U.S. census reports that the average American is older as the whole population gets older, and sadly, loss of hearing, especially in older people, is really common. Approximately 37.5 million adults in America say they have some amount of hearing loss, and these numbers are increasing.
Fortunately more possibilities for treating hearing loss are available due to amazing breakthroughs in recent hearing technology. Here are just a few of the innovations coming our way.
Your General Health Can be Tracked by Your Hearing Aids
Did you know that hearing aids can keep track of several important vital signs as well or better than a fitness tracker? Not only can it keep track of step count, how many calories were burned, the total number of steps you took and heart rate, it also checks the time between heartbeats to help detect any cardiovascular worries. They are even developing technology that can measure blood pressure, oxygenation of the blood and other relevant vital signs. There are other possible advantages 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 as well. Actually, social interaction has been connected to your overall health also, 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.
Smarter and Easier Streaming
As we become more dependant on virtual assistants like Alexa and Siri, being connected and able to communicate with them is becoming more important. Even if you resist the allure of talking directly to these assistants, hearing aids that have Bluetooth allow you to stream sound from any Bluetooth device like your phone or smart TV. Consider the benefits of this: You could hear the analysts 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). The ability to directly stream phone calls, music, shows and more right to your ears not only helps you hear and enjoy them more, but it will help you manage your hearing loss discreetly.
Ever notice how Goodreads seems to know what kind of book you like to read? Or how Amazon somehow know which items 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 changes according to how you reacted in the past. 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 recognizes you’ve entered the station (or any other situation with to much background noise). They are also starting to network your hearing aids with other devices that belong to people near you in order to warn you of a potential loud noise danger nearby. 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 Changing Those Little Batteries
Who wants to continuously struggle with hearing aid batteries? Rechargeable hearing aids are currently on the market. Even though you can do a lot to help increase the life of your hearing aids’ batteries, let’s face it…it’s still frustrating and expensive. What’s better, they are working on technology to recharge hearing aids without even having to take them out.