Hearing aids, like lots of other devices, are getting smarter, less conspicuous and more stylish all the time, and just in time. The average American is older, reports The Us Census Department, as the population as a whole ages, and hearing loss is, sadly, very common, particularly in older adults. Approximately 37.5 million American adults and rising say they have some amount of hearing loss.
Fortunately more choices for treating loss of hearing are available because of amazing advancements in recent hearing technology. Here are just a few of the innovations that are now available.
Your Overall 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 track the time in between heartbeats to help find potential cardiovascular problems, but it also tracks calories burned, heart rate, step count, and the total number of steps taken. They’re also working on technology that can evaluate other key 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 improve your social life by helping your general hearing. Actually, social interaction is another metric we should look at because it has been linked to your overall 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 music.
Smarter and Simpler Streaming
As we get addicted to virtual assistants such as Alexa and Siri, staying connected and able to communicate with them is becoming more important. Even if you ignore the allure of talking directly to these assistants, hearing aids that have Bluetooth give key features such as streaming music directly from a smart device like your phone or even streaming directly from a smart TV. Just consider the advantages: You can avoid getting yelled at for having the Volume too loud while watching this year’s Super Bowl in a room full of screaming friends. You will be able to manage your loss of hearing more discreetly and also appreciate your music, phone calls, and shows more by having them directly in your ears.
Did you ever notice how Goodreads seems to know what type of book you’d like to read? Or how Amazon somehow know which products to recommend? That’s because big data and artificial intelligence are very powerful. The latest hearing aids can also make changes automatically based on your reactions in the past. It will notice how you prefer to turn the volume down 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 a lot of background noise). They are expanding this technology to include crowdsourcing also, enabling information from other users to notify your hearing aids that you’re entering a loud zone. Over time the hearing aids add up all this information to make suggestions and automatic corrections, so you can adjust quickly to variations in the hearing environment.
What? No More Little 312 Batteries?
Who wants to continuously 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 pricey and aggravating. Better still, technology to recharge your hearing aids while they are still in your ears is being developed.