Woman with hearing aid outrunning her husband on the track.

Like lots of other devices, hearing aids are getting smarter 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 population as a whole continues to age, and hearing loss is, unfortunately, extremely common, especially in older adults. Approximately 37.5 million adults in America and rising say they have some level of hearing loss.

Luckily hearing technology has had some exciting breakthroughs recently that will offer more solutions for dealing with hearing loss. Some of the advancements coming our way are presented here.

Your General Health Can be Tracked by Your Hearing Aids

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 in between heartbeats to help detect potential cardiovascular issues, but it also monitors calories burned, heart rate, step count, and the total number of steps taken. They’re also developing technology that can assess other key 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 help you hear generally so that your social life will get better also. Actually, social engagement has been linked to your overall 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 music, who needs a smartwatch or fitness device?

Streaming Made More Intelligent And Simpler

Staying connected to your virtual assistants like Siri or Alexa is getting to be more important as people get more attached to these features. Even if you resist the lure of talking directly to these assistants, hearing aids with Bluetooth allow you to stream sound from any Bluetooth device such as your phone or smart TV. Just think of the benefits: You could hear the play-by-play in the big game clearly over your family’s fun (or at least steer clear of getting yelled at for having the volume too high). Being able 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

Ever notice how Goodreads seems to know what type of book you like to read? Or how all your favorite kinds of items get promoted to you by Amazon? 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 adjustments based on your past reactions. It will remember that you turn the volume down when you go into 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 expanding this technology to include crowdsourcing also, enabling information from other users to inform your hearing aids that you’re entering a loud zone. 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.

You Won’t Need to Keep Changing Those Tiny Batteries

Who wants to constantly wrestle with hearing aid batteries? Rechargeable hearing aids are now on the market. Even though you can do a lot to help extend the life of your hearing aids’ batteries, let’s be honest…it’s still frustrating and costly. Even better, they are developing technology that will recharge hearing aids without even needing to take them out.

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