New Innovations in Hearing Aids Make Being Active Easy
Like many other devices, hearing aids are getting more intuitive all of the time. They’re also more inconspicuous and more stylish than they ever have been. The U.S. census reports that the average American is older as the whole population gets older, and hearing loss is, unfortunately, extremely common, especially in older adults. Roughly 37.5 million adults in America say they have some amount of hearing loss, and these numbers are climbing.
The good news is hearing technology has had some amazing advancements recently that will provide more possibilities for treating loss of hearing. A few of the inventions 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 some important vital signs as well or better than a fitness tracker? Not only can it track the time between heartbeats to help find potential cardiovascular problems, but it also monitors calories burned, heart rate, step count, and the total number of steps taken. They’re also developing technology that can assess 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 as well. Actually, social engagement has been linked to your overall health also, 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.
Smarter and Simpler Streaming
Staying 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 offer key features such as streaming music directly from a smart device like your phone or maybe even streaming directly from your smart TV. Just consider the benefits: You can steer clear of getting yelled at for having the Volume too loud while watching this year’s Big Game 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 help you manage your hearing loss inconspicuously.
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? This is the power of artificial intelligence and big data. Modern hearing aids harness this type of intelligence and use it to make changes according to your past reactions. It will remember that you turn down the volume when you enter the train station and do that automatically the next time it detects you’ve entered the station (or any other situation with a lot of background noise). They are extending this technology to include crowdsourcing also, allowing information from other users to inform your hearing aids that you’re approaching a loud zone. Over time you will be able to adjust quickly 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 Replace.
Who wants 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 frustrating and pricey. Even better, they are working on technology that will recharge hearing aids without even needing to take them out.