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Like lots of other devices, hearing aids are getting smarter every day. They’re also more inconspicuous and more stylish than they ever have been. The U.S. census documents that the average American is older as the population as a whole ages, and loss of hearing is, sadly, extremely common, especially in older adults. Approximately 37.5 million adults in America say they have some amount of hearing loss, and these numbers are increasing.

The good news is hearing technology has had some amazing advancements recently that will offer more solutions for treating hearing loss. Some of the inventions coming our way are presented here.

Your General Health Can be Tracked by Your Hearing Aids

Did you realize that hearing aids can keep track of some 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 detect any cardiovascular worries. They are even working on technology that can determine blood pressure, oxygenation of the blood and other significant vital signs. Hearing aids also often have other benefits, like the ability to help drown out tinnitus and will help your overall hearing so that your social life will get better also. Actually, social involvement is another statistic we should pay attention to because it has been linked 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.

Easier And Smarter Streaming

Staying connected to your virtual assistants like Siri or Alexa is getting to be more important as people get more addicted to these features. Even if using these assistants is not your thing, hearing aids that have Bluetooth allow you to stream sound from any Bluetooth device such as your smart TV or phone. Just think of the advantages: You could hear the analysts in the next Super Bowl clearly over your family’s fun (or at least avoid getting yelled at for having the volume too high). The ability to directly stream phone calls, music, shows and more right to your ears not only helps you hear and enjoy them more, but it will also help you manage your hearing loss inconspicuously.

Automatic Adjustments

Have you noticed that you get ads from Goodreads and they seem to already know what type of books you like to read? Or how all your favorite kinds of things get promoted to you by Amazon? This is the power of artificial intelligence and big data. Modern hearing aids can also make adjustments automatically based on your reactions in the past. For instance, if you lowered the volume the last time you went to the train station, your hearing aid will recall that and turn itself down the next time you go into the train station. They are also starting to network your hearing aids with other devices belonging to people near you in order to warn you of a possible loud noise danger nearby. Over time you can quickly adjust to changes in the hearing environment because your hearing aid will make recommendations based on all the information it has collected.

You Won’t Need to Keep Replacing Those Tiny Batteries

Why would you want to constantly struggle with hearing aid batteries? You can now get rechargeable hearing aids. While you can do a lot to help increase the life of your hearing aids’ batteries, let’s face it…it’s still expensive and frustrating. What’s better, they are working on technology to recharge hearing aids without even needing to take them out of your ears.