Like many other devices, hearing aids are getting smarter every day. They’re also more inconspicuous and cooler than ever before. The U.S. census reports that the average American is older as the whole population gets older, and unfortunately, hearing loss, especially in older people, is extremely common. Approximately 37.5 million American adults say they have some amount of hearing loss, and these numbers are going up.
Luckily hearing technology has had some amazing developments recently that will provide more possibilities for dealing with loss of hearing. Here are just a few of the developments coming our way.
Hearing Aids That Keep Track of Your General Health
Did you realize that hearing aids can keep track of some 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 in between heartbeats to help detect any cardiovascular concerns. They are even developing technology that can determine blood pressure, oxygenation of the blood and other relevant vital signs. Hearing aids also often have other benefits, like 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 general health as well, so actually it’s another health statistic we should be following. 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 Simpler And More Intelligent
Being connected to your virtual assistants like Siri or Alexa is becoming more important as people get more attached to these features. Even if talking to these assistants is not your thing, Bluetooth hearing aids provide key features including streaming music directly from a smart device like your phone or even streaming directly from a smart TV. Imagine the advantages of this: You could hear the analysts in the next Super Bowl clearly over your family’s fun (or at least avoid getting yelled at for having the volume too loud). You will be capable of managing your hearing loss more inconspicuously and also appreciate your shows, phone calls, and music more by having them directly in your ears.
Have you noticed that you get ads from Goodreads and they seem to already know what kind of books you enjoy reading? 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. Modern hearing aids can also make changes automatically according to your reactions in the past. As an example, if you turned down the volume the last time you went to the train station, your hearing aid will recall that and turn itself down the next time you go into the train station. They are also starting to network your hearing aids with other devices belonging to people near you in order to alert you of a possible loud noise danger nearby. Over time you will be able to quickly adjust to variations in the hearing environment because your hearing aid will make recommendations based on all the information it has collected.
You Won’t Have to Keep Replacing Those Little Batteries
Why would you want to constantly struggle with hearing aid batteries? Rechargeable hearing aids are now on the market. While you can do a lot to help increase the life of your hearing aids’ batteries, let’s face it…it’s still irritating and costly. Better still, technology to recharge your hearing aids while they are still in your ears is being developed.