Hearing aids, like lots of other devices, are getting smarter, more inconspicuous and more stylish every day, and just in time. The average American is older, reports The Us Census Department, as the whole population gets older, and loss of hearing is, sadly, extremely common, especially in older adults. About 37.5 million adults in America and rising say they have some degree of hearing loss.
Luckily hearing technology has had some exciting developments recently that will provide more solutions for treating hearing loss. Here are just a few of the developments coming our way.
Your General Health Can be Tracked by Your Hearing Aids
Did you realize that hearing aids can track several 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 monitors the time between heartbeats to help find any cardiovascular worries. They are even developing technology that can measure blood pressure, oxygenation of the blood and other important vital signs. Hearing aids also often have other pluses, including the ability to help drown out tinnitus and will help you hear generally so that your social life will improve also. Actually, social engagement has been connected to your general health as well, so really it’s another health metric we should be looking at. Since hearing aids can now also sync with your smartphone so you can listen to your tunes, who needs a smartwatch or fitness device?
Streaming Made Smarter And Easier
As we become more dependant on virtual assistants like Alexa and Siri, staying connected and able to communicate with them is getting more important. Even if using these assistants is not your thing, hearing aids that have Bluetooth give key advantages such as streaming music directly from a smart device like your phone or even streaming directly from your smart TV. Imagine the benefits of this: You can steer clear of getting yelled at for having the Volume too high while watching this year’s Big Game in a room full of loud friends. You will be able to manage your loss of hearing more inconspicuously and also enjoy your shows, phone calls, and music more by having them directly in your ears.
Ever notice how Goodreads seems to know what kind of book you’d like to read? Or how all your favorite kinds of things get promoted to you by Amazon? That’s because big data and artificial intelligence are very powerful. Current hearing aids can also make adjustments automatically according to your reactions in the past. For example, if you turned down the volume the last time you visited the train station, your hearing aid will remember that and turn itself down the next time you go into the train station. They are expanding this technology to include crowdsourcing as well, allowing information from other people to inform your hearing aids that you’re entering a loud zone. Over time you can adjust quickly to changes in the hearing environment because your hearing aid will make recommendations based on all the information it has gathered.
What? No More Tiny 312 Batteries?
Who wants to constantly wrestle with hearing aid batteries? You can now get rechargeable hearing aids. While you can do a lot to help extend the life of your hearing aids’ batteries, truth be told…it’s still frustrating and pricey. Better still, technology to recharge your hearing aids while they are still in your ears is being developed.