New Developments in Hearing Aids Make Staying Active Easy

Woman with hearing aid outrunning her husband on the track.

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 average American is older, reports The Us Census Department, as the population as a whole continues to age, and sadly, hearing loss, particularly in older people, is really common. About 37.5 million adults in America and rising say they have some amount of hearing loss.

Luckily hearing technology has had some amazing developments recently that will provide more solutions for treating loss of hearing. A few of the inventions coming our way 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 keeping track of several vital signs. Not only can it track the time between heartbeats to help detect potential cardiovascular problems, but it also tracks calories burned, heart rate, step count, and the total number of steps taken. They are even working on technology that can measure blood pressure, oxygenation of the blood and other significant vital signs. Hearing aids also often have other benefits, like the ability to help drown out tinnitus and will improve your social life by bettering your general hearing. Actually, social involvement is another statistic we should pay attention to because it has been linked to your general health. 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?

Streaming Made Simpler And Smarter

As we become more dependant on virtual assistants including Alexa and Siri, being connected and able to communicate with them is becoming more important. Even if using these assistants is not your thing, Bluetooth hearing aids provide key advantages such as streaming music directly from a smart device like your phone or maybe even streaming directly from a smart TV. Just consider the advantages: 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 high). You will be capable of managing your loss of hearing more discreetly and also enjoy your music, phone calls, and shows more by having them directly in your ears.

Automatic Adjustments

Ever notice how Goodreads seems to know what kind of book you like to read? Or how all your favorite kinds of things get advertised to you by Amazon? This is the power of artificial intelligence and big data. The latest hearing aids can also make changes automatically based on your responses in the past. For example, if you turned down the volume the last time you visited the train station, your hearing aid will recall that and turn itself down the next time you go into the train station. They are extending this technology to include crowdsourcing as well, allowing information from other people to notify your hearing aids that you’re entering a loud zone. Over time the hearing aids add up all this information to make suggestions and automatic corrections, so you can adjust quickly to variations in the hearing environment.

You Won’t Need to Keep Changing Those Little Batteries

Why would you want to continuously struggle 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 be honest…it’s still expensive and annoying. What’s better, they are working on technology to recharge hearing aids without even having to take them out.

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