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New Developments in Hearing Aids Make Staying Active Easy

Woman with hearing aid outrunning her husband on the track.

Hearing aids, as with lots of other devices, are getting smarter, more inconspicuous and more stylish all the time, and just in time. The U.S. census documents that the average American is older as the whole population gets older, and unfortunately, hearing loss, particularly in older people, is very common. About 37.5 million American adults say they have some hearing loss, and these numbers are increasing.

Fortunately more choices for dealing with hearing loss are available because of amazing developments in recent hearing technology. Some of the innovations now available are presented here.

Hearing Aids That Keep Track of Your General Health

Hearing aids are equal to if not better than a fitness tracker at keeping track of several vital signs. 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 in between heartbeats to help detect any cardiovascular worries. They’re also developing technology that can measure other significant vital signs such as blood pressure and oxygenation of the blood. There are other possible benefits that come with hearing aids, like the ability to help drown out tinnitus and will enhance your social life by bettering your overall hearing. Actually, social involvement has been connected to your general health as well, so really it’s another health metric we should be looking at. 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.

Simpler And More intelligent Streaming

As we become more dependant on virtual assistants like Alexa and Siri, staying connected and able to communicate with them is getting more important. Even if using these assistants is not your thing, hearing aids with Bluetooth permit you to stream sound from any Bluetooth device including your phone or smart TV. Just consider 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 loud friends. The ability to directly stream phone calls, music, shows and more right to your ears not only helps you hear and enjoy them more, but it will also help you regulate your hearing loss discreetly.

Automatic Adjustments

Have you noticed that you get ads from Goodreads and they seem to already know what kind of books you like to read? Or how Amazon somehow know which products to suggest? That’s because big data and artificial intelligence are very powerful. New hearing aid technologies harness this type of intelligence and use it to make changes according to your past reactions. It will notice how you prefer to turn the volume down when you enter the train station and do that automatically the next time it recognizes you’ve entered the station (or any other circumstance with to much background noise). They are also beginning to network your hearing aids with other devices belonging to people near you in order to alert you of a possible loud noise danger nearby. Over time you will be able to quickly adjust to variations in the hearing environment because your hearing aid will make suggestions based on all the information it has gathered.

What? No More Tiny 312 Batteries?

Why would you want to continuously struggle with hearing aid batteries? You can now get rechargeable hearing aids. While you can do a lot to help increase the life of your hearing aids’ batteries, truth be told…it’s still irritating and expensive. Even better, technology to recharge your hearing aids while they are still in your ears is being developed.

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