The technology of amplification is always changing and improving. Manufacturers are constantly striving to improve hearing aids with technology that produces audible, clear speech in the presence of noise. At the same time, clinical staff are continually looking to improve patient satisfaction levels by understanding their specific case of hearing loss.
I was fortunate enough to have been part of a team that attended a conference and trade show outlining the latest in hearing aid technologies. Some of the very recent and innovative examples include products that we have been excitedly waiting for. Others are on the cusp of release and until now we’ve heard just whispers of their development. One of the products we learned about was the new Starkey MUSE IQ rechargeable Hearing device that will be 30% smaller, the charge will last 20% longer, making this new technology an incredibly convenient option with less interruptions to your everyday life.
As we look forward into the future, hearing aid technology will embrace artificial intelligence (AI) to revolutionize the patient experience, turning hearing aids into the gateway to human wellness. Using sensors and AI, hearing aids will include physical activity trackers that can track steps taken, body temperature, heart rate, and more. These sensors will even be able to detect falls; a built-in management system will be able to contact 911 if required.
There is also the incredible possibility that future hearing aids will be able to offer real-time language translation, directly in the ear with virtually no delay. These cutting-edge concepts are becoming a reality, and it’s a reality to be excited about. The future is looking very bright!
Adele Collingwood, BC-HIS
Hearing Aid Practitioner