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Hearing aids, as with lots of other devices, are getting smarter, less conspicuous and more stylish every day, and just in time. The U.S. census reports that the average American is older as the whole population gets older, and sadly, loss of hearing, particularly in older people, is really common. About 37.5 million American adults say they have some hearing loss, and these numbers are increasing.

Fortunately hearing technology has had some exciting advancements recently that will provide more solutions for dealing with loss of hearing. A few of the developments coming our way are presented here.

Hearing Aids That Track Your General Health

Did you know that hearing aids can track some key vital signs as well or better than a fitness tracker? Not only can it monitor the time in between heartbeats to help find potential cardiovascular troubles, but it also tracks calories burned, heart rate, step count, and the total number of steps taken. 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 benefits, including the ability to help drown out tinnitus and will help you hear generally so that your social life will get better as well. Actually, social interaction has been connected to your overall health also, so really it’s another health statistic we should be looking at. Since hearing aids can now also sync with your smartphone so you can listen to your tunes, you won’t even need a smartwatch or fitness device?

Streaming Made Simpler And More Intelligent

Being connected to your virtual assistants like Siri or Alexa is becoming more important as people get more addicted 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 phone or smart TV. Just think of the advantages: You can steer clear of getting yelled at for having the Volume too high while watching this year’s Super Bowl 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

Did you ever notice how Goodreads seems to know what type of book you’d like to read? Or how all your favorite kinds of things get promoted to you by Amazon? That’s because big data and artificial intelligence are very powerful. The latest hearing aids can also make adjustments automatically according to your reactions in the past. As an example, if you lowered the volume the last time you visited the train station, your hearing aid will remember that and turn itself down the next time you go into the train station. They are extending this technology to include crowdsourcing also, allowing information from other users to notify 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 variations in the hearing environment.

You Won’t Need to Keep Changing Those Tiny Batteries

Who wants to continuously wrestle 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, let’s be honest…it’s still aggravating and costly. Even better, technology to recharge your hearing aids while they are still in your ears is being developed.