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Hearing aids, as with many other devices, are getting smarter, less conspicuous and more stylish all the time, and just in time. The U.S. census reports that the average American is older as the whole population gets older, and unfortunately, hearing loss, particularly in older people, is very common. About 37.5 million adults in America and rising say they have some amount of hearing loss.

Luckily more options for treating hearing loss are available due to exciting advancements in recent hearing technology. Here are just a few of the enhancements that are now available.

Your Overall Health Can be Tracked by Your Hearing Aids

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 track 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 worries. They are even developing technology that can measure blood pressure, oxygenation of the blood and other important vital signs. Hearing aids also often have other advantages, including the ability to help drown out tinnitus and will help your overall hearing so that your social life will get better also. Actually, social engagement has been connected to your overall health also, so actually it’s another health metric we should be looking at. 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 music.

Smarter and Easier Streaming

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 using these assistants is not your thing, hearing aids with Bluetooth allow you to stream sound from any Bluetooth device such as your smart TV or phone. Just think of the advantages: You can avoid getting yelled at for having the Volume too high while watching this year’s Super Bowl in a room full of loud friends. Being able to directly stream music, phone calls, 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 inconspicuously.

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 all your favorite kinds of items get promoted to you by Amazon? That’s because big data and artificial intelligence are very powerful. The latest hearing aids can also make changes automatically according to your reactions in the past. It will notice how you prefer to turn down the volume when you enter the train station and do that automatically the next time it recognizes 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 alert you of a possible loud noise danger nearby. Over time you will be able to adjust quickly to changes in the hearing environment because your hearing aid will make suggestions based on all the information it has gathered.

What? No More Tiny 312 Batteries?

Why would you want to continuously struggle with hearing aid batteries? You can now get rechargeable hearing aids. Even though you can do a lot to help extend the life of your hearing aids’ batteries, truth be told…it’s still irritating and pricey. Better still, technology to recharge your hearing aids while they are still in your ears is being developed.

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