Next-gen Audiology Systems: 3 Big Ways that IoT is Revolutionizing Hearing Aids

There are an estimated 48 million Americans who have some degree of hearing loss. That’s a huge number of potential patients for your hearing clinic.

To keep your clinic ahead of the rest, it’s vital you know about current industry trends. We’re excited to share with you about the way audiology systems are changing thanks to the internet.

By understanding what’s available, you can offer the best possible systems to your patients and provide a higher quality of care.

Keep reading to find out about how hearing aid technology is improving and changing today.

1. Real-Time Translation

One of the things that many people look forward to in retirement is traveling the world. However, it can also be difficult to get around and truly experience other countries when there’s a lack of communication.

That’s why real-time translation technology has been added to smart hearing aids. When a wearer is spoken to in another language, the hearing aid automatically detects it and they hear the words in English.

When the wearer of a hearing aid speaks to someone who speaks another language, a smartphone app automatically translates their spoken word into the written word.

2. Fitness Tracking

Modern hearing aids are now being fitted with fitness trackers that look at both physical and mental health, both of which can be affected by hearing loss. 

Physical health is determined by monitoring activity levels and counting steps. Many people with hearing loss tend to avoid leaving the house, which can limit their physical activity and negatively impact their health.

When someone’s hearing aids are counting their steps, it can encourage them to get back out into the world and improve their health.

Because hearing loss increases the risk of dementia, it’s important for a person’s mental health to be regularly evaluated. A wearer’s mental health is evaluated by tracking how much speaking and listening a person does in social situations.

3. Medical Alerts

Did you know there are an estimated 27,000 deaths in elderly people every year as a result of falls? To reduce these numbers, hearing aid companies are working on new technology that detects falls.

When a person falls while wearing their hearing aids, emergency medical personnel will automatically be notified. This allows the person to get the help they need significantly faster and without having to do anything.

Although this new technology has yet to be fully developed, it’s comforting to know that it is in the works. As of this writing, there’s no definite timeline when we can expect this feature. It’s something to keep an eye on, though.

Need Help Promoting These New Audiology Systems?

Now you know more about a few ways hearing aids are moving into the future. As you can see, these are all great selling points that can help your patients get the most out of their audiology systems.

Proper promotion of these systems will be key in encouraging people to try them. For help, contact us today and we can provide consultation services to you so you can improve your practice with these advanced hearing aids.

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