Woman with hearing aid outrunning her husband on the track.

Like many other devices, hearing aids are getting more intuitive every day. They’re also less conspicuous and more stylish than ever before. The average American is older, reports The Us Census Department, as the whole population gets older, and loss of hearing is, unfortunately, extremely 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 dealing with loss of hearing are available because of amazing breakthroughs in recent hearing technology. A few 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 tracking several vital signs. Not only can it track the time between heartbeats to help detect potential cardiovascular troubles, but it also monitors calories burned, heart rate, step count, and the total number of steps taken. They are even working on technology that can determine blood pressure, oxygenation of the blood and other relevant vital signs. There are other possible advantages that come with hearing aids, including the ability to help drown out tinnitus and will help your overall hearing so that your social life will improve also. Actually, social involvement has been connected to your general health also, so actually it’s another health statistic we should be looking at. 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 Simpler And Smarter

Staying connected to your virtual assistants like Siri or Alexa is getting to be more important as people get more addicted to these features. Even if you ignore the enticement of talking directly to these assistants, hearing aids with Bluetooth give key features including streaming music directly from a smart device like your phone or maybe even streaming directly from a smart TV. Consider the advantages of this: You could hear the play-by-play in the big game clearly over your family’s cheers (or at least steer clear of getting yelled at for turning the volume too loud). You will be able to manage your loss of hearing more discreetly and also enjoy 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 know what type of books you enjoy reading? Or how Amazon seems to know which items to recommend? 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 how you reacted in the past. As an example, if you lowered 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 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 the hearing aids analyze all this information to make recommendations and automatic corrections, so you can adjust quickly to changes in the hearing environment.

What? No More Little 312 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 increase the life of your hearing aids’ batteries, let’s be honest…it’s still costly and annoying. Better yet, technology to recharge your hearing aids while they are still in your ears is being developed.

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