Woman with hearing aid outrunning her husband on the track.

Like many other devices, hearing aids are getting smarter every day. They’re also less conspicuous and cooler than they ever have been. The average American is older, reports The Us Census Department, as the population as a whole continues to age, and unfortunately, hearing loss, especially in older people, is very common. Approximately 37.5 million adults in America and rising say they have some level of hearing loss.

Luckily more options for treating loss of hearing are available because of exciting developments in recent hearing technology. Some of the developments coming our way are presented here.

Your Overall Health Can be Tracked by Your Hearing Aids

Hearing aids are as good if not better than a fitness tracker at tracking several 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 monitors the time between heartbeats to help detect any cardiovascular concerns. They are even developing technology that can determine blood pressure, oxygenation of the blood and other relevant vital signs. Hearing aids also often have other benefits, including the ability to help drown out tinnitus and will improve your social life by bettering your overall hearing. Actually, social interaction is another statistic we should look at because it has been linked to your overall health. Since hearing aids can now also sync with your smartphone so you can listen to your music, you won’t even need a smartwatch or fitness device?

Streaming Made Easier 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 talking to these assistants is not your thing, hearing aids with Bluetooth offer key advantages including streaming music directly from a smart device like your phone or even streaming directly from a smart TV. Just consider 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 turning the volume too loud). You will be capable of managing your hearing loss more discreetly and also appreciate your shows, phone calls, and music more by hearing them directly in your ears.

Automatic Adjustments

Did you ever notice how Goodreads seems to know what kind of book you like to read? Or how Amazon seems to know which items to suggest? That’s because big data and artificial intelligence are very powerful. Current hearing aids can also make changes automatically based on your responses in the past. It will notice how you prefer to turn the volume down when you go into the train station and do that automatically the next time it recognizes you’ve entered the station (or any other situation with a lot of background noise). They are extending this technology to include crowdsourcing as well, allowing information from other people to notify your hearing aids that you’re approaching 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.

What? No More Tiny 312 Batteries?

Who wants to constantly struggle with hearing aid batteries? You can now get rechargeable hearing aids. Even though you can do a lot to help increase the life of your hearing aids’ batteries, let’s be honest…it’s still pricey and aggravating. Better yet, technology to recharge your hearing aids while they are still in your ears is being developed.