February 26, 2024

Hearing Aids & Artificial Intelligence

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For a lot of us, while growing up we believed that artificial intelligence (AI) was something that only existed in our sci-fi stories and movies. Today we know that AI is all around us and part of our everyday experience. From our Smartphones to our GPS, AI learns our patterns and adapts to make our lives easier, often without even realizing it. In the past couple of years, AI has also made its way into our hearing aids, enhancing our hearing experience in all sorts of ways we may not even be aware of.

Advanced Hearing Technology

The technology in hearing aids is rapidly advancing every year helping to make your hearing experience as easy and effortless as possible. The processing power becomes increasingly faster, helping to convert analog sound into digital quicker and quicker, making response time for hearing faster. Now with AI technology and machine learning, hearing aids can automatically adapt to the different environments, adjusting the focus on sounds depending on the presence of a crowd, traffic, music or wind. Machine learning allows your hearing aids to improve automatically through experience using computer algorithms. You won't have to struggle with adjusting to loud environments after leaving a quiet room or manually adjust your hearing aids.

Hearing Aids and Your Smartphone

Look forward to interfacing between your Smartphone and your hearing aids effortlessly. Using Bluetooth technology, you can stream phone calls, music, GPS and more wirelessly and directly to your ears, avoiding feedback and distraction when you are on the go. The amazing thing is you can program your hearing aids to stream your favorite music, podcasts, TV programs and more right to your ears without having to even touch your hearing aids. Instead, this can all be controlled via your Smartphone or wireless device.

Adjusting to Environments Using Geotagging

There are also apps that work in tandem with your hearing aids to employ geotagging. Geotagging remembers your frequent locations and allows you to save listening settings based on the hearing needs of particular environments. When your hearing aids detect that you are in this location they automatically adjust to the hearing settings that work best for you in these places, making your hearing experience seamless at home and out in the world.

Track Your Health

One of the most amazing new features that are AI driven on new hearing aids is the ability to track your body and your brain's health so you and your doctor can be informed if there is a health issue as soon as it starts to develop. Modern hearing aids are now using integrated sensors to monitor your measure of your activity levels, steps, social engagement, and amount of time you listen every day. Experts have found that the ears are one of the best places to monitor our body’s signals in comparison to similar devices that measure such activity on the wrist. Hearing aids use 3D motion sensors such as an accelerometer and gyroscope, to reliably detect the movements in your day. Certain apps like the Thrive Hearing app also work in tandem with your hearing aids to combine your body and brain activity and gives you a score according to your physical and cognitive health goals.

Real-Time Foreign Language Translation

If AI in your hearing aids sounds exciting to you, get ready for more moments in your hearing aids experience that will make you feel like you are in your favorite sci-fi story. Hearing aid manufacturers are now creating hearing aids, which have the ability to translate up to 27 foreign languages in real-time. This could be an instance where hearing aids give you more listening and comprehending power than those with normal hearing.

Find Out What Modern Hearing Aids Can Do For You!

If your hearing aids aren’t working for you like they used to, this is a great time to explore all the options available to you. Don’t let your hearing and your social interactions suffer with an old outdated set of hearing aids. Our team can fill you in on the newest options for AI, geotagging, Bluetooth Technology and more. Contact us today and get ready to walk into the future with style and ease thanks to the newest AI technology.

Dr. Teague earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Hearing, Speech and Language from Ohio University and his Doctoral Degree in Audiology from The University of Louisville. He is an active member of the American Academy of Audiology and the Ohio Board of Audiology.

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