Thanks to major advancements in technology, hearing aids have changed over the years. Once upon a time, they were big, bulky and clunky, which made them noticeable by anyone. However, today, hearing aids are tiny enough to fit in the palm of your hand. Some have a component that sits comfortably over your ear while the filter goes inside and others simply slide into the ear canal and are 100 percent invisible. Yet, there is still so much more to look forward to in the future when it comes to hearing aid devices.
More Compatibility with Smartphones
At the moment, only a few models of hearing aids are compatible with iPhones and Android smartphones. However, in the future, more will be capable of connecting to your phone. With this technology, the hearing aid communicates directly with a smartphone through Bluetooth technology and an app. An additional device is also required so the two devices can connect. This makes it possible to stream phone calls and even music from the phone directly to your hearing aids.
In addition to having sounds streamed directly into your hearing aid devices, there is more exciting technology ahead. With the increase in Bluetooth capabilities in hearing aids, those of the future will be able to communicate with other devices, such as televisions.
Hearing Aids and Artificial Intelligence
A select few hearing aid models intertwine artificial intelligence (AI) for performing a number of functions. For example, there is an app called SoundSense Learn that is compatible with certain types of hearing aids that allows hearing aid wearers to adjust the sound settings on their devices depending on their environment and comfort levels. One of the most fascinating aspects of this technology is that over time, the hearing aid remembers the settings the person prefers and will automatically adjust depending on the situation.
Hearing Aids and Your Health
One of the most groundbreaking functions for hearing aids in the future is the ability for the devices to be able to monitor your health. Famous hearing aid brand Starkey has already begun to implement this type of technology in some of its hearing aids. Going forward into the future, more hearing devices are expected to be able to monitor a person’s heart rate and breathing. The integrated AI will be able to learn the user’s typical health patterns and subsequently send an alert to a family member or close friend of the person’s choosing in the event that the hearing aid device detects an abnormality.
These are some of the most exciting advancements expected in the technology of hearing aids in the future. There is much for which to look forward.