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Modern Hearing Aids Are Quite Sophisticated

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Technology is developing into smarter, more powerful, and smaller devices. Taking up less space while doing more is the overall trend.

So it’s no surprise that hearing aids are no exception. Though hearing problems have many different causes, hearing issues are more prevalent amongst older people, and the world’s population is aging. According to the National Institutes of Health, approximately 37.5 million individuals and 3 million Canadians describe having trouble hearing, and because age is a stronger predictor of hearing loss than any other demographic variable, that number is likely to go up.

If you’re dealing with hearing loss, that’s one person too many. Better ways to alleviate hearing loss? Bring ‘em on! Advancements are happening, here are a few.

Whole-Body Tracking Through Your Hearing Aids

This one seems as if it should be obvious. Health and fitness trackers have to be worn on the body. So, if you already have a device that’s in your ear… do you actually need a separate one on your wrist? The answer is no. Or at least, you don’t with some of the latest hearing aids, which along with helping correct for hearing difficulties like tinnitus, will also keep track of your pulse, your physical activity, and much more. Hearing aids also have the ability to track things that other wearables normally don’t, like the time spent conversing. Especially as you age your level of social engagement can actually be a key health metric.

Better Streaming Straight to You

Virtual assistants like Alexa and Siri have quickly moved from smartphones to in-home devices and the main emphasis here is connectivity. Some hearing aids that provide Bluetooth capabilities now let users stream audio directly from a device, like a smart TV for instance, to the hearing aids. Google published open-source standards for Android developers that show them how to use certain channels within Bluetooth to produce uninterrupted audio directly to hearing aids. This type of technology is helping hearing aids work almost like super-powered wireless headphones, making it easier to enjoy music, movies, and more.

Big Data Allows Smart Adjustments

Similar to how Netflix suggests shows and movies based on what you’ve previously watched, or your Fitbit buzzes to let you know you’ve reached a goal (or okay, let’s say stepping stone, depending on how ambitious your everyday step goals are), your next hearing aid might make personalized recommendations. The places you visit and the adjustments you make will allow these new hearing aids, being manufactured by several companies, to learn your behaviors. Some take it one step further, crowdsourcing information on how individuals use their hearing aids anonymizing and then mixing the data. So whether you’re watching TV at home, or in an IMAX theater, your hearing aids will be able to use this information to identify what your situation is and make adjustments to give you the most enjoyable audio experience.

Eliminating The Batteries Once And For All

Hearing aids that don’t need their batteries replaced? Sound too good to be true? After all, making certain you’ve got spare batteries with you, or even taking time to recharge your hearing aid batteries, can be a pain in the, um, ear. While we’re not likely to see hearing aids that don’t need any batteries, there has been a continuous advancement in rechargeable technology. That means longer in-use time, faster recharging, and less worrying about batteries, all in all, not too bad.

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