To put it simply, artificial intelligence (AI) is technology that is programmed to solve complex problems with intelligent solutions. The technology is able to “learn” from experience and be able to adjust in complex situations. You may have heard of AI in self-driving cars, smartphones, and in smart home devices, but did you know that hearing aids are also being created with AI?
AI has revolutionized the hearing aid industry and has brought a wide array of capabilities to the technology that helps you hear. Hearing aids built with AI can detect your environment and learn what noises you wish to focus on. For example, when seated in a noisy restaurant with a friend or spouse, hearing aids with AI can soften crowd noise and amplify the voice of your tablemate. For areas that you frequent, the hearing aid will remember your preferred settings and automatically turn them on when you enter that location.
AI hearing aid features released in 2018 include step trackers, a cognitive tracker, and language translation. Soon, they will be able to detect falls. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “deaths from unintentional injuries are the seventh leading cause of death among older adults, and falls account for the largest percentage of those deaths”. When sensors in the hearing aid notice the wearer has fallen, they will automatically contact a friend or family member.
Newer models of hearing aids may also connect to other smart devices so you can benefit from TV and computer streaming, doorbell notifications, smartphone notifications, and even turn on lights when you put them in.
The world of AI in hearing aids is quickly expanding, so please continue checking our website for new innovations.