New Innovations in Hearing Aids Make Being Active Trouble-Free
Hearing aids, as with lots of 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 whole population gets older, and unfortunately, loss of hearing, especially in older people, is really common. Roughly 37.5 million adults in America say they have some amount of hearing loss, and these numbers are rising.
Fortunately hearing technology has had some exciting advancements recently that will provide more solutions for treating hearing loss. Some of the innovations coming our way are presented here.
Your Overall Health Can be Tracked by Your Hearing Aids
Did you realize that hearing aids can keep track of several 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 monitors the time between heartbeats to help detect any cardiovascular concerns. They’re also developing technology that can evaluate other key vital signs such as blood pressure and oxygenation of the blood. Hearing aids also often have other pluses, including the ability to help drown out tinnitus and will help you hear generally so that your social life will get better also. Actually, social interaction has been connected to your general health as well, so actually it’s another health metric we should be looking at. Since hearing aids can now also sync with your smartphone so you can listen to your songs, who needs a smartwatch or fitness device?
Streaming Made Smarter And Easier
Being connected to your virtual assistants like Siri or Alexa is becoming more important as people get more attached to these features. Even if you defy the enticement of talking directly to these assistants, hearing aids with Bluetooth allow you to stream sound from any Bluetooth device like your smart TV or phone. Consider the benefits of this: You could hear the play-by-play in the next Super Bowl clearly over your family’s cheers (or at least avoid getting yelled at for turning the volume too loud). You will be able to manage your hearing loss more discreetly and also appreciate your shows, phone calls, and music more by having them directly in your ears.
Ever notice how Goodreads seems to know what type of book you’d like to read? Or how all your favorite kinds of items get promoted to you by Amazon? This is the power of artificial intelligence and big data. Modern hearing aids harness this kind of intelligence and use it to make changes according to your past reactions. For 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 visit the train station. They are also beginning to network your hearing aids with other devices that belong to people near you in order to alert you of a potential 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 gathered.
No More Tiny Batteries to Change.
Who wants to continuously struggle with hearing aid batteries? Rechargeable hearing aids are now on the market. While you can do a lot to help extend the life of your hearing aids’ batteries, let’s face it…it’s still costly and aggravating. What’s better, they are developing technology to recharge hearing aids without even needing to take them out.