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Technology is evolving into stronger, smarter, and smaller devices. Taking up less space while having more functionality is the overall trend.

So it’s no surprise that hearing aids are no exception. Though hearing problems have a variety of causes, hearing difficulties are more prevalent amongst older individuals, and the world’s population is getting older. About 37.5 million adults and 3 million Canadians describe some level of hearing loss according to the National Institutes of Health. And that number is increasing since age is the strongest demographic variable to predict hearing loss.

Naturally, if you’re dealing with hearing loss, even one person with difficulty hearing, i.e. you, is one person too many. Are there any better ways to deal with hearing loss? Bring ‘em on! Innovations are happening, here are some.

Complete-Body Tracking Through Your Hearing Aids

This one seems like it should be obvious. Health and fitness trackers need to be worn on the body. So, if you’ve already got a device that’s in your ear… do you really need a separate one on your wrist? Nope! Or at least, you don’t with some of the newest hearing aids, which in addition to helping fix hearing difficulties such as tinnitus, will also keep track of your pulse, your physical activity, and much more. Hearing aids can also track things that other wearables usually don’t, like the time spent conversing. Especially as you get older, your level of social involvement can actually be a key health metric.

Data Streaming

Connectivity is the primary watchword, as virtual assistants such as Siri and Alexa have advanced from smartphones to in-home devices without missing a beat. Some hearing aids that offer Bluetooth capabilities now let users stream audio directly from a device, like a smart TV for instance, to the hearing aids. Google released open-source specifications for Android developers that show them how to use specific channels within Bluetooth to provide uninterrupted audio straight to hearing aids. This type of technology is helping hearing aids work almost like super-powered wireless headphones, making it easier to enjoy music, movies, and more.

Big Data Allows Smart Adjustments

Your next hearing aid could make individualized suggestions similar to how a Fitbit informs you of fitness goals or how Netflix recommends your next movie in line with your viewing trend. The places you go and the adjustments you make will allow these new hearing aids, being manufactured by several brands, to learn your habits. Some go as far as to crowdsource data about people’s usage habits, making it anonymous then aggregating it. All this information allows the hearing aids to figure out your preferences and make adjustments on the fly so that if you’re at home watching TV or you’re at an IMAX theater (for example), you’ll get the best possible sound.

Finally Ditching The Batteries

Hearing aids that don’t need their batteries changed? Sound too good to be true? After all, making sure you’ve got spare batteries with you, or even making time to recharge your hearing aid batteries, can be annoying. While we’re not likely to get hearing aids that don’t need any batteries, there has been a consistent improvement in rechargeable technology. That means longer in-use time, faster recharging, and less worrying about batteries, overall, not too shabby.

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