HEARING TIPS

New Technology 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 they ever have been. The U.S. census documents that the average American is older as the whole population gets older, and sadly, hearing loss, particularly in older people, is really common. Roughly 37.5 million adults in America and rising say they have some degree of hearing loss.

Luckily hearing technology has had some amazing advancements recently that will offer more possibilities for treating loss of hearing. A few of the advancements coming our way are presented here.

Hearing Aids That Keep Track of Your General Health

Did you know that hearing aids can keep track of 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 monitors the time between heartbeats to help detect any cardiovascular issues. They’re also developing technology that can evaluate other important vital signs like blood pressure and oxygenation of the blood. Hearing aids also often have other benefits, including the ability to help drown out tinnitus and will improve your social life by helping your overall hearing. Actually, social interaction has been connected to your overall health also, 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 tunes, you won’t even need a smartwatch or fitness device?

Streaming Made More Intelligent And Simpler

As we get addicted to virtual assistants such as 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 that have Bluetooth provide key features such as streaming music directly from a smart device like your phone or even streaming directly from your smart TV. Just think of the benefits: You can steer clear of getting yelled at for having the Volume too high while watching this year’s Super Bowl in a room full of loud friends. 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.

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 items to recommend? This is the power of artificial intelligence and big data. The latest hearing aids can also make adjustments automatically based on your reactions in the past. It will remember that you turn down the volume when you go into the train station and do that automatically the next time it recognizes you’ve entered the station (or any other situation with a lot of background noise). They are extending this technology to include crowdsourcing as well, allowing information from other users 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.

What? No More Little 312 Batteries?

Who wants to constantly wrestle with hearing aid batteries? You can now get rechargeable hearing aids. While you can do a lot to help extend the life of your hearing aids’ batteries, let’s be honest…it’s still pricey and annoying. Better still, technology to recharge your hearing aids while they are still in your ears is being developed.

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