Hearing aids, as with many other devices, are getting smarter, less conspicuous and more stylish all the time, and just in time. The U.S. census reports that the average American is older as the population as a whole ages, and hearing loss is, sadly, very common, especially in older adults. About 37.5 million American adults and rising say they have some degree of hearing loss.
The good news is hearing technology has had some exciting breakthroughs recently that will provide more solutions for dealing with hearing loss. Here are just a few of the innovations coming our way.
Your Overall Health Can be Tracked by Your Hearing Aids
Hearing aids are as good if not better than a fitness tracker at keeping track of many vital signs. Not only can it monitor the time between heartbeats to help detect potential cardiovascular issues, but it also monitors calories burned, heart rate, step count, and the total number of steps taken. They’re also working on technology that can assess other significant vital signs like blood pressure and oxygenation of the blood. There are other potential advantages that come with hearing aids, like the ability to help drown out tinnitus and will enhance your social life by helping your overall hearing. Actually, social interaction is another metric we should look at because it has been connected to your overall health. Since hearing aids can now also sync with your smartphone so you can listen to your tunes, who needs a smartwatch or fitness device?
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 that have Bluetooth give key advantages including streaming music directly from a smart device like your phone or maybe even streaming directly from your smart TV. Consider the advantages of this: You could hear the play-by-play 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 loss of hearing more discreetly and also appreciate your shows, phone calls, and music more by having them directly in your ears.
Did you ever notice how Goodreads seems to know what type of book you like to read? Or how Amazon seems to know which products to recommend? That’s because big data and artificial intelligence are very powerful. Modern hearing aids can also make changes automatically according to 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 also starting to network your hearing aids with other devices that belong to people near you in order to warn you of a possible loud noise danger nearby. Over time you can quickly adjust to variations in the hearing environment because your hearing aid will make recommendations based on all the information it has gathered.
You Won’t Need to Keep Changing Those Tiny Batteries
Who wants to constantly struggle with hearing aid batteries? Rechargeable hearing aids are now on the market. Even though you can do a lot to help increase the life of your hearing aids’ batteries, truth be told…it’s still costly and irritating. Even better, technology to recharge your hearing aids while they are still in your ears is being developed.