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 sadly, hearing loss, particularly in older people, is very common. Roughly 37.5 million American adults and rising say they have some degree of hearing loss.

Fortunately hearing technology has had some amazing breakthroughs recently that will offer more possibilities for dealing with loss of hearing. Here are just a few of the developments that are now available.

Hearing Aids That Keep Track of Your General Health

Hearing aids are equal to if not better than a fitness tracker at keeping track of 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 in between heartbeats to help find any cardiovascular concerns. They are even developing technology that can measure blood pressure, oxygenation of the blood and other significant vital signs. There are other possible benefits that come with hearing aids, including the ability to help drown out tinnitus and will help you hear generally so that your social life will improve also. Actually, social engagement has been connected to your overall health as well, so actually it’s another health metric we should be looking at. 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 More Intelligent And Simpler

Staying connected to your virtual assistants like Siri or Alexa is getting to be more important as people get more attached to these features. Even if using these assistants is not your thing, Bluetooth hearing aids permit you to stream sound from any Bluetooth device like your smart TV or phone. Imagine the advantages of this: You could hear the play-by-play in the big game clearly over your family’s fun (or at least avoid getting yelled at for having the volume too high). Being able to directly stream music, phone calls, shows and more right to your ears not only helps you hear and enjoy them more, but it will help you regulate your hearing loss discreetly.

Automatic Adjustments

Have you noticed that you get ads from Goodreads and they seem to know what kind of books you enjoy reading? Or how Amazon somehow know which products to recommend? This is the power of artificial intelligence and big data. New hearing aid technologies harness this kind of intelligence and use it to make changes based on how you reacted in the past. For instance, if you lowered the volume the last time you visited the train station, your hearing aid will remember that and turn itself down the next time you go into the train station. They are extending this technology to include crowdsourcing also, enabling information from other people to inform your hearing aids that you’re entering a loud zone. Over time the hearing aids analyze all this information to make suggestions and automatic corrections, so you can adjust quickly to variations in the hearing environment.

You Won’t Need to Keep Replacing Those Tiny Batteries

Who wants to constantly struggle with hearing aid batteries? Rechargeable hearing aids are now available. Even though you can do a lot to help extend the life of your hearing aids’ batteries, truth be told…it’s still annoying and expensive. Better yet, technology to recharge your hearing aids while they are still in your ears is being developed.