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Looking To The Future Of Audio Technology

Looking To The Future Of Audio Technology

As technological advancements are made, hearing aids continue to improve in both style and available capabilities. As the tech field isn’t slowing down, here are some future developments you can also look for in the coming years.

Connection Improvements

As wireless technology advances, those improvements will benefit those who need hearing aids. Some wireless advancements that are predicted in an interesting study are:

  • Better bilateral communication – Currently, there are some hearing aids that can wirelessly communicate with each other, giving the user synced volume control between the two. However, as improvements are made on how much data can be received by the hearing aids, the two ear pieces will work in concert and not have to be adjusted individually.
  • Text-to-speech relay – Suggested also in the study is the possibility that hearing aids will also be able to sync with devices and relay the text displayed on the screen.

Hearing Aid Functionality Advancements

While improvements have been made to hearing aids ability to pick up sound, there is more to come. Some exciting changes on the horizon will be:

  • Noise evaluation – Modeled after the improvements made in phone technology, hearing aid algorithms will be enhanced to better filter out background noise, enhance music and amplify human speech. As music is processed at a different bit-rate (32-bit) than the current hearing aid bit-rate (16-bit), you currently lose some of the music. With re-worked algorithms, you won’t miss as much.
  • Body monitoring – With wearables like the FitBit on the market, the idea that hearing aids could have similar body monitoring functions has come to manufacturers. Some of the things that may be monitored are sleep apnea, blood pressure, and sugar levels.
  • Speech directionality – Imagine if you could just look at someone in a crowded room and be able to hear them better than the others crowding around you. This may sound like it is straight out of a sci-fi movie, but some hearing aid companies are working to develop an optic sensor for the hearing aid, so that automatic adjustments to sound directionality can be implemented.

Continual upgrades are being made to hearing aid technology. Some of the advancements mentioned in the 2007 study above have already happened, such as their prediction of wireless technology helping hearing aid users stream audio devices directly to their hearing aids.

Talk to you audiologist today and start enjoying your hearing again with exciting advancements in the near future.

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