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Like lots of other devices, hearing aids are getting more intuitive all of the time. They’re also less conspicuous and more stylish than ever before. The average American is older, reports The Us Census Department, as the population as a whole continues to age, and loss of hearing is, sadly, really common, particularly in older adults. Roughly 37.5 million adults in America and rising say they have some level of hearing loss.

The good news is hearing technology has had some thrilling advancements recently that will provide more solutions for dealing with hearing loss. A few 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 track step count, how many calories were burned, the total number of steps you took and heart rate, it also checks the time in between heartbeats to help find any cardiovascular issues. They’re also working on technology that can measure other key vital signs like blood pressure and oxygenation of the blood. Hearing aids also often have other pluses, including the ability to help drown out tinnitus and will enhance your social life by helping your overall hearing. Actually, social interaction has been linked to your general health as well, so really it’s another health metric we should be following. 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 your tunes.

Streaming Made Smarter 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 talking to these assistants is not your thing, Bluetooth hearing aids provide key features including streaming music directly from a smart device like your phone or maybe even streaming directly from your smart TV. Just think of the advantages: You can avoid getting yelled at for having the Volume too high while watching this year’s Big Game in a room full of screaming friends. Being able to directly stream music, phone calls, shows and more right to your ears not only helps you hear and appreciate them more, but it will help you regulate your hearing loss discreetly.

Automatic Adjustments

Did you ever notice how Goodreads seems to know what kind of book you’d like to read? Or how all your favorite kinds of items get promoted to you by Amazon? This is the power of artificial intelligence and big data. Modern hearing aids harness this type of intelligence and use it to make adjustments based on how you reacted 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 detects you’ve entered the station (or any other situation with to much background noise). They are expanding this technology to include crowdsourcing also, allowing information from other people to notify your hearing aids that you’re entering a loud zone. Over time you can adjust quickly to changes in the hearing environment because your hearing aid will make suggestions based on all the information it has gathered.

No More Little Batteries to Change.

Why would you want to constantly struggle 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 irritating and expensive. Better yet, technology to recharge your hearing aids while they are still in your ears is being developed.