HEARING TIPS

New Developments in Hearing Aids Make Staying Active Easy

Woman with hearing aid outrunning her husband on the track.

Like many other devices, hearing aids are getting smarter every day. They’re also less conspicuous and cooler than ever before. The average American is older, reports The Us Census Department, as the whole population gets older, and hearing loss is, sadly, very common, particularly in older adults. About 37.5 million adults in America and rising say they have some level of hearing loss.

Fortunately more choices for treating hearing loss are available because of exciting developments in recent hearing technology. Some of the innovations coming our way are presented here.

Hearing Aids That Keep Track of Your General Health

Hearing aids are as good if not better than a fitness tracker at keeping track of many vital signs. Not only can it monitor the time between heartbeats to help find potential cardiovascular problems, but it also tracks calories burned, heart rate, step count, and the total number of steps taken. They’re also working on technology that can evaluate other important vital signs like 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 engagement is another statistic we should pay attention to because it has been connected 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?

Easier And Smarter Streaming

Being 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 allow you to stream sound from any Bluetooth device such as your smart TV or phone. Just think of the benefits: You can avoid getting yelled at for having the Volume too high while watching this year’s Big Game in a room full of screaming 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 also help you handle your hearing loss discreetly.

Automatic Adjustments

Ever notice how Goodreads seems to know what kind of book you like to read? Or how Amazon somehow know which items to recommend? This is the power of artificial intelligence and big data. Current hearing aids can also make adjustments automatically based on your responses in the past. 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 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, enabling information from other people to inform your hearing aids that you’re approaching a loud zone. Over time you can quickly adjust to variations in the hearing environment because your hearing aid will make recommendations based on all the information it has collected.

You Won’t Have to Keep Changing Those Tiny Batteries

Why would you want to constantly struggle with hearing aid batteries? You can now get rechargeable hearing aids. Even though you can do a lot to help extend the life of your hearing aids’ batteries, let’s face it…it’s still pricey and aggravating. Even better, they are working on technology that will recharge hearing aids without even having to take them out of your ears.

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