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Like lots of other devices, hearing aids are getting smarter all of the time. They’re also less conspicuous and more stylish than they ever have been. The U.S. census reports that the average American is older as the population as a whole ages, and unfortunately, loss of hearing, especially in older people, is extremely common. About 37.5 million adults in America and rising say they have some level of hearing loss.

The good news is hearing technology has had some exciting breakthroughs recently that will provide more possibilities for dealing with loss of hearing. A few of the advancements now available are presented here.

Hearing Aids That Track Your General Health

Did you realize that hearing aids can keep track of several 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 monitors the time in between heartbeats to help find any cardiovascular concerns. They are even developing technology that can measure blood pressure, oxygenation of the blood and other significant vital signs. There are other possible benefits that come with hearing aids, like 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 involvement has been connected to your general health also, 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 tunes, who needs a smartwatch or fitness device?

Streaming Made Easier And Smarter

As we get addicted to virtual assistants like Alexa and Siri, being connected and able to communicate with them is getting more important. Even if you defy the allure of talking directly to these assistants, Bluetooth hearing aids allow you to stream sound from any Bluetooth device including your smart TV or phone. Consider the advantages of this: You can steer clear of getting yelled at for having the Volume too high while watching this year’s Big Game in a room full of loud friends. The ability to directly stream music, phone calls, shows and more right to your ears not only helps you hear and appreciate them more, but it will help you handle your hearing loss discreetly.

Automatic Adjustments

Have you noticed that you get ads from Goodreads and they seem to know what kind of books you enjoy reading? Or how Amazon seems to know which products to recommend? That’s because big data and artificial intelligence are very powerful. Current hearing aids can also make adjustments automatically based on your reactions in the past. It will notice how you prefer to 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 circumstance with to much background noise). They are extending this technology to include crowdsourcing as well, enabling information from other people to inform your hearing aids that you’re approaching a loud zone. Over time the hearing aids analyze all this information to make suggestions and automatic corrections, so you can adjust quickly to variations in the hearing environment.

You Won’t Have to Keep Replacing Those Tiny Batteries

Who wants to continuously struggle with hearing aid batteries? Rechargeable hearing aids are currently available. Even though you can do a lot to help increase the life of your hearing aids’ batteries, truth be told…it’s still irritating and expensive. Better still, technology to recharge your hearing aids while they are still in your ears is being developed.

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