Hearing Health Blog

Woman with hearing aid outrunning her husband on the track.

Like lots of other devices, hearing aids are getting more intuitive every day. They’re also less conspicuous and cooler than ever before. The U.S. census documents that the average American is older as the population as a whole ages, and unfortunately, loss of hearing, especially in older people, is very common. Approximately 37.5 million American adults say they have some amount of hearing loss, and these numbers are rising.

The good news is hearing technology has had some amazing developments recently that will offer more solutions for dealing with loss of hearing. Here are just a few of the developments that are now available.

Your General Health Can be Tracked by Your Hearing Aids

Did you realize that hearing aids can track some 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 checks the time in between heartbeats to help find any cardiovascular worries. They’re also working on technology that can evaluate other important vital signs such as blood pressure and oxygenation of the blood. Hearing aids also often have other pluses, like the ability to help drown out tinnitus and will help you hear generally so that your social life will improve also. Actually, social interaction is another statistic we should look at because it has been connected to your overall health. 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.

Easier And More intelligent Streaming

As we get addicted to virtual assistants like Alexa and Siri, being connected and able to communicate with them is becoming more important. Even if you defy the lure of talking directly to these assistants, hearing aids that have Bluetooth allow you to stream sound from any Bluetooth device like your phone or smart TV. Just consider the benefits: You could hear the analysts in the big game clearly over your family’s fun (or at least avoid getting yelled at for turning the volume too high). The ability to directly stream phone calls, music, shows and more right to your ears not only helps you hear and appreciate them more, but it will help you manage your hearing loss inconspicuously.

Automatic Adjustments

Have you noticed that you get ads from Goodreads and they seem to already know what type of books 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 harness this kind of intelligence and use it to make adjustments according to your past reactions. It will notice how you prefer to 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 to much background noise). They are also starting to network your hearing aids with other devices that belong to people near you in order to inform 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 suggestions based on all the information it has collected.

No More Little Batteries to Change.

Why would you want to continuously wrestle with hearing aid batteries? Rechargeable hearing aids are currently available. Even though you can do a lot to help increase the life of your hearing aids’ batteries, truth be told…it’s still frustrating and costly. Even better, technology to recharge your hearing aids while they are still in your ears is being developed.

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