Like many other devices, hearing aids are getting more intuitive every day. They’re also less conspicuous and cooler than they ever have been. The average American is older, reports The Us Census Department, as the whole population gets older, and unfortunately, loss of hearing, especially in older people, is very common. Roughly 37.5 million adults in America say they have some amount of hearing loss, and these numbers are climbing.
Fortunately hearing technology has had some amazing developments recently that will provide more options for treating loss of hearing. Here are just a few of the innovations coming our way.
Hearing Aids That Keep Track of Your Overall Health
Did you know that hearing aids can keep track of several key 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 worries. They’re also developing technology that can evaluate other significant vital signs such as blood pressure and oxygenation of the blood. There are other possible advantages that come with hearing aids, like 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 has been connected to your general 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 your tunes.
Streaming Made More Intelligent And Easier
As we get addicted to virtual assistants like Alexa and Siri, being connected and able to communicate with them is becoming more important. Even if you defy the lure of talking directly to these assistants, hearing aids with Bluetooth offer key features such as streaming music directly from a smart device like your phone or even streaming directly from your smart TV. Consider the benefits of this: You could hear the play-by-play in the big game clearly over your family’s fun (or at least steer clear of getting yelled at for having the volume too high). Being able to directly stream phone calls, music, shows and more right to your ears not only helps you hear and appreciate them more, but it will help you manage your hearing loss inconspicuously.
Have you noticed that you get ads from Goodreads and they seem to already know what type of books you enjoy reading? Or how Amazon seems to know which items to recommend? That’s because big data and artificial intelligence are very powerful. New hearing aid technologies harness this kind of intelligence and use it to make changes according to how you reacted in the past. For 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 also beginning 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 you can adjust quickly to changes in the hearing environment because your hearing aid will make suggestions based on all the information it has gathered.
What? No More Tiny 312 Batteries?
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, truth be told…it’s still irritating and pricey. Better yet, technology to recharge your hearing aids while they are still in your ears is being developed.