Like many other devices, hearing aids are getting more intuitive all of the time. They’re also less conspicuous and cooler than they ever have been. The U.S. census documents that the average American is older as the population as a whole continues to age, and hearing loss is, unfortunately, really common, particularly in older adults. Roughly 37.5 million adults in America say they have some hearing loss, and these numbers are climbing.
Fortunately more choices for treating hearing loss are available because of amazing developments in recent hearing technology. Some of the advancements now available are presented here.
Hearing Aids That Keep Track of Your Overall Health
Hearing aids are as good if not better than a fitness tracker at tracking many vital signs. 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 find any cardiovascular concerns. They’re also working on technology that can assess other significant vital signs such as blood pressure and oxygenation of the blood. There are other possible benefits that come with hearing aids, like the ability to help drown out tinnitus and will help your overall hearing so that your social life will get better also. Actually, social interaction has been connected to your overall health as well, so really 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.
Simpler And More intelligent Streaming
As we get addicted to virtual assistants including Alexa and Siri, being connected and able to communicate with them is getting more important. Even if talking to these assistants is not your thing, hearing aids with Bluetooth give key advantages including streaming music directly from a smart device like your phone or even streaming directly from your smart TV. Imagine the advantages 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). Being able to directly stream music, phone calls, 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 discreetly.
Have you noticed that you get ads from Goodreads and they seem to already know what kind of books you like to read? Or how Amazon somehow know which products to suggest? That’s because big data and artificial intelligence are very powerful. The latest hearing aids can also make adjustments automatically based on your responses in the past. It will remember that you 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 circumstance with a lot of background noise). They are expanding this technology to include crowdsourcing as well, enabling information from other people to notify your hearing aids that you’re approaching a loud zone. Over time you can adjust quickly to variations in the hearing environment because your hearing aid will make suggestions based on all the information it has collected.
No More Little Batteries to Change.
Why would you want to continuously wrestle with hearing aid batteries? Rechargeable hearing aids are now available. Even though you can do a lot to help extend the life of your hearing aids’ batteries, let’s face it…it’s still frustrating and costly. What’s better, they are working on technology to recharge hearing aids without even having to take them out.