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Like lots of other devices, hearing aids are getting smarter all of the time. They’re also less conspicuous and cooler than ever before. The U.S. census reports that the average American is older as the population as a whole continues to age, and loss of hearing is, unfortunately, very common, especially in older adults. Approximately 37.5 million adults in America and rising say they have some degree of hearing loss.

Luckily hearing technology has had some exciting developments recently that will provide more possibilities for treating hearing loss. Some of the innovations now available are presented here.

Hearing Aids That Track Your General Health

Hearing aids are equal to if not better than a fitness tracker at tracking many vital signs. 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 between heartbeats to help detect any cardiovascular concerns. They are even working on technology that can determine blood pressure, oxygenation of the blood and other important vital signs. There are other potential advantages that come with hearing aids, like the ability to help drown out tinnitus and will improve your social life by bettering your general hearing. Actually, social involvement has been linked to your overall health as well, so really it’s another health statistic we should be following. 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.

Streaming Made Simpler And Smarter

Being connected to your virtual assistants like Siri or Alexa is becoming more important as people get more attached to these features. Even if using these assistants is not your thing, Bluetooth hearing aids allow you to stream sound from any Bluetooth device such as your smart TV or phone. Imagine the advantages of this: You could hear the play-by-play in the big game clearly over your family’s fun (or at least avoid getting yelled at for turning the volume too high). You will be able to manage your loss of hearing more discreetly and also enjoy your music, phone calls, and shows more by hearing them directly in your ears.

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 Amazon somehow know which items to suggest? This is the power of artificial intelligence and big data. Modern hearing aids can also make adjustments automatically according to your reactions in the past. For example, if you turned down the volume the last time you went to the train station, your hearing aid will remember that and turn itself down the next time you visit the train station. They are also starting to network your hearing aids with other devices that belong to people near you in order to warn you of a potential 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 collected.

What? No More Little 312 Batteries?

Who wants to constantly struggle with hearing aid batteries? Rechargeable hearing aids are currently on the market. While you can do a lot to help extend the life of your hearing aids’ batteries, let’s face it…it’s still annoying and costly. Better yet, they are working on technology to recharge hearing aids without even having to take them out.