Woman with hearing aid outrunning her husband on the track.

Like lots of other devices, hearing aids are getting more intuitive all of the time. 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, unfortunately, very common, especially in older adults. About 37.5 million American adults and rising say they have some degree of hearing loss.

Fortunately hearing technology has had some exciting developments recently that will offer more solutions for treating hearing loss. Here are just a few of the innovations that are now available.

Your General Health Can be Tracked by Your Hearing Aids

Did you realize that hearing aids can track some key vital signs as well or better than a fitness tracker? Not only can it monitor the time between heartbeats to help detect potential cardiovascular troubles, 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 assess other important 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 improve your social life by helping your general hearing. Actually, social interaction is another statistic we should look at because it has been linked to your general health. 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.

Streaming Made More Intelligent And Easier

As we get addicted to virtual assistants like Alexa and Siri, being connected and able to communicate with them is becoming more important. Even if you resist the allure of talking directly to these assistants, hearing aids with Bluetooth permit you to stream sound from any Bluetooth device including your smart TV or phone. Just think of the advantages: You could hear the analysts in the big game clearly over your family’s cheers (or at least steer clear of getting yelled at for turning the volume too high). The ability 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 also help you manage your hearing loss inconspicuously.

Automatic Adjustments

Have you noticed that you get ads from Goodreads and they seem to already know what kind of books you enjoy reading? Or how all your favorite kinds of things get advertised to you by Amazon? This is the power of artificial intelligence and big data. Modern hearing aids can also make changes automatically based on your responses in the past. As an example, if you lowered the volume the last time you visited the train station, your hearing aid will remember that and turn itself down the next time you go into the train station. They are also starting to network your hearing aids with other devices belonging to people near you in order to warn you of a possible loud noise danger nearby. Over time the hearing aids add up all this information to make suggestions and automatic corrections, so you can adjust quickly to changes in the hearing environment.

No More Little Batteries to Replace.

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

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