Modern hearing aids are sophisticated devices that go beyond simple amplification of sound. Sophisticated sound processing may be employed to help the user separate the sounds that are desired from extraneous sounds that interfere with hearing and attending to the sounds of intertest. Manufacturers are continuing to design and improve innovative features for hearing devices to ensure a positive and seamless listening experience.
Making Hearing Part of the Wellness Evolution
The casual observer of wrist accessories today will note that there are more than simple wristwatches in view. Smart wearable devices that can monitor activity, heart rates, blood pressure, and even blood sugar levels are common.
Hearing aids may perform the same functions as other wearable devices such as monitoring activity, steps, and falls. They can add other features related to brain health, as well, such as reporting the amount of time the user spends interacting with others.
Future hearing aids will work together as a system. Ear-to-ear connectivity is already in play, but future designs promise to allow for more functionality with the help of advanced software and chip designs. Working together means filtering out background noises and adjusting volumes automatically for each ear without the user’s prompt.
Hearing aids are going to get much smarter, too. Smart enough to translate 37 different languages, which will be an impressive asset for anyone traveling abroad or who has a neighbor that primarily speaks a different language. It will also be beneficial for someone learning a new language.
AI (Artificial Intelligence) in Hearing Technology
We hear a lot these days about the impact of artificial intelligence on various industries. Hearing technology is in line to benefit from the impact of machine learning and related technology.
The addition of AI into the hearing technology industry has the potential to improve features and provide better, more flexible algorithms to enhance device functioning. Some of the most dramatic improvements will be dynamic changes in processing in the moments when we need it the most. AI can guide the hearing aid system to recognize a difficult listening situation and immediately deploy strategies from a library of solutions.
Partnering Hearing Aids with Accessories
The revolution in wireless connectivity in the home or with Bluetooth technology out in the world allows us the freedom to partner with telephones, remote microphones, and other devices in our own ecosystems for optimal performance
Hearing Aids in the Future?
Virtually all of the innovations discussed above are here today! Advances in hearing devices are following a rapid evolutionary path to bring better and better performance to those who are having trouble hearing today and tomorrow.