Woman with hearing aid outrunning her husband on the track.

Hearing aids, like many other devices, are getting smarter, more inconspicuous and more stylish all the time, and just in time. The U.S. census reports that the average American is older as the population as a whole ages, and sadly, hearing loss, especially in older people, is extremely common. Roughly 37.5 million American adults say they have some amount of hearing loss, and these numbers are increasing.

Luckily more options for treating hearing loss are available because of amazing breakthroughs in recent hearing technology. Some of the innovations now available are presented here.

Your General Health Can be Tracked by Your Hearing Aids

Hearing aids are as good if not better than a fitness tracker at keeping track of many vital signs. Not only can it track the time in between heartbeats to help detect potential cardiovascular issues, but it also tracks calories burned, heart rate, step count, and the total number of steps taken. They’re also developing technology that can measure other significant vital signs such as blood pressure and oxygenation of the blood. Hearing aids also often have other pluses, including the ability to help drown out tinnitus and will improve your social life by helping your general hearing. Actually, social engagement is another statistic we should look at because it has been connected to your overall 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 music.

Streaming Made More Intelligent And Simpler

As we become more dependant on virtual assistants such as Alexa and Siri, being connected and able to communicate with them is becoming more important. Even if using these assistants is not your thing, Bluetooth hearing aids permit you to stream sound from any Bluetooth device including your smart TV or phone. Just consider the benefits: You can steer clear of getting yelled at for having the Volume too loud while watching this year’s Big Game in a room full of loud friends. You will be capable of managing your loss of hearing more discreetly and also appreciate your shows, phone calls, and music more by having 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 like to read? Or how Amazon somehow know which products to recommend? That’s because big data and artificial intelligence are very powerful. The latest hearing aids can also make changes automatically based on your reactions in the past. It will remember that you 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 circumstance with to much background noise). They are expanding this technology to include crowdsourcing also, allowing information from other people to inform your hearing aids that you’re entering a loud zone. Over time the hearing aids analyze all this information to make recommendations and automatic corrections, so you can adjust quickly to changes in the hearing environment.

No More Little Batteries to Change.

Who wants to continuously wrestle with hearing aid batteries? Rechargeable hearing aids are now available. While you can do a lot to help increase the life of your hearing aids’ batteries, let’s be honest…it’s still costly and frustrating. What’s better, they are working on technology to recharge hearing aids without even having to take them out of your ears.