Woman with hearing aid outrunning her husband on the track.

Hearing aids, like many other devices, are getting smarter, less conspicuous and more stylish all the time, and just in time. The U.S. census documents that the average American is older as the whole population gets older, and hearing loss is, unfortunately, very common, particularly in older adults. About 37.5 million American adults say they have some hearing loss, and these numbers are climbing.

Luckily more choices for dealing with hearing loss are available due to amazing breakthroughs in recent hearing technology. Here are just a few of the innovations that are now available.

Hearing Aids That Track Your General Health

Did you realize that hearing aids can keep track of several important vital signs as well or better than a fitness tracker? Not only can it monitor the time between heartbeats to help find potential cardiovascular problems, but it also monitors calories burned, heart rate, step count, and the total number of steps taken. They’re also working on technology that can assess other significant vital signs such as blood pressure and oxygenation of the blood. There are other possible benefits that come with hearing aids, like the ability to help drown out tinnitus and will enhance your social life by helping your overall hearing. Actually, social engagement is another statistic we should look at because it has been connected to your general health. 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.

More intelligent and Easier Streaming

As we get addicted to virtual assistants like Alexa and Siri, being connected and able to communicate with them is getting more important. Even if you resist the enticement of talking directly to these assistants, hearing aids with Bluetooth offer key features including streaming music directly from a smart device like your phone or maybe even streaming directly from a smart TV. Imagine the benefits of this: You can avoid getting yelled at for having the Volume too loud while watching this year’s Super Bowl 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 also help you handle your hearing loss discreetly.

Automatic Adjustments

Ever notice how Goodreads seems to know what kind of book you like to read? Or how all your favorite kinds of things get promoted to you by Amazon? That’s because big data and artificial intelligence are very powerful. Modern hearing aids can also make changes automatically based on your reactions in the past. For instance, if you lowered the volume the last time you went to the train station, your hearing aid will recall that and turn itself down the next time you visit the train station. They are also beginning to network your hearing aids with other devices that belong to people near you in order to alert you of a possible loud noise danger nearby. Over time you can quickly adjust to variations in the hearing environment because your hearing aid will make suggestions based on all the information it has gathered.

You Won’t Need to Keep Replacing Those Little Batteries

Why would you want to continuously wrestle with hearing aid batteries? Rechargeable hearing aids are currently on the market. While you can do a lot to help increase the life of your hearing aids’ batteries, truth be told…it’s still frustrating and expensive. Even better, they are developing technology that will recharge hearing aids without even needing to take them out of your ears.