Woman with hearing aid outrunning her husband on the track.

Hearing aids, as with many other devices, are getting smarter, more inconspicuous and cooler every day, and just in time. The average American is older, reports The Us Census Department, as the population as a whole ages, and hearing loss is, sadly, extremely common, particularly in older adults. Roughly 37.5 million adults in America and rising say they have some amount of hearing loss.

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

Hearing Aids That Track Your General Health

Did you realize that hearing aids can keep track of some key 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 checks the time in between heartbeats to help detect any cardiovascular concerns. They’re also working on technology that can evaluate other important vital signs including 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 your overall hearing so that your social life will get better as well. Actually, social interaction has been connected to your overall health as well, so actually it’s another health metric we should be looking at. 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?

Streaming Made Simpler And Smarter

As we become more dependant on virtual assistants including Alexa and Siri, being connected and able to communicate with them is getting more important. Even if you resist the lure of talking directly to these assistants, Bluetooth hearing aids allow you to stream sound from any Bluetooth device including your smart TV or phone. Imagine the benefits of this: 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 phone calls, music, shows and more right to your ears not only helps you hear and enjoy them more, but it will help you handle your hearing loss discreetly.

Automatic Adjustments

Ever notice how Goodreads seems to know what type of book you’d like to read? Or how all your favorite kinds of things get advertised to you by Amazon? This is the power of artificial intelligence and big data. New hearing aid technologies harness this kind of intelligence and use it to make adjustments according to your past reactions. It will remember that you turn down the volume when you go into the train station and do that automatically the next time it detects you’ve entered the station (or any other situation 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 inform 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.

You Won’t Need to Keep Replacing Those Little Batteries

Why would you want to continuously wrestle 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 face it…it’s still aggravating and pricey. What’s better, they are developing technology to recharge hearing aids without even needing to take them out.

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