Like lots of other devices, hearing aids are getting more intuitive all of the time. They’re also less conspicuous and more stylish than ever before. The U.S. census reports that the average American is older as the whole population gets older, and loss of hearing is, sadly, extremely common, especially in older adults. Roughly 37.5 million American adults say they have some hearing loss, and these numbers are climbing.
Fortunately more possibilities for treating loss of hearing are available because of amazing breakthroughs in recent hearing technology. Here are just a few of the innovations that are now available.
Your General Health Can be Tracked by Your Hearing Aids
Did you know that hearing aids can keep track of some key vital signs as well or better than a fitness tracker? Not only can it monitor the time in between heartbeats to help detect potential cardiovascular concerns, 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 like blood pressure and oxygenation of the blood. There are other potential benefits 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 as well. Actually, social involvement has been connected to your general health as well, so really it’s another health metric we should be following. Since hearing aids can now also sync with your smartphone so you can listen to your music, you won’t even need a smartwatch or fitness device?
Simpler And Smarter Streaming
As we get addicted to virtual assistants like Alexa and Siri, staying 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 permit you to stream sound from any Bluetooth device including your phone or smart TV. Consider the benefits of this: You can avoid getting yelled at for having the Volume too loud while watching this year’s Super Bowl in a room full of loud friends. The ability to directly stream music, phone calls, shows and more right to your ears not only helps you hear and enjoy them more, but it will also help you handle your hearing loss inconspicuously.
Ever notice how Goodreads seems to know what kind of book you’d like to read? Or how all your favorite kinds of items get promoted to you by Amazon? That’s because big data and artificial intelligence are very powerful. Modern hearing aids harness this kind of intelligence and use it to make adjustments according to your past reactions. For example, if you lowered the volume the last time you visited the train station, your hearing aid will remember 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 that belong to people near you in order to alert you of a possible loud noise danger nearby. Over time the hearing aids analyze all this information to make recommendations and automatic corrections, so you can adjust quickly to changes in the hearing environment.
You Won’t Have to Keep Changing Those Little Batteries
Who wants to continuously struggle with hearing aid batteries? Rechargeable hearing aids are currently available. While you can do a lot to help increase the life of your hearing aids’ batteries, truth be told…it’s still pricey and aggravating. Even better, technology to recharge your hearing aids while they are still in your ears is being developed.