How Hearables May Help Prevent Hearing Loss

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As technology advances, so do the options available to those with hearing loss to better hear the world around them. However, this ever expanding and advancing technology isn’t just helping to make hearing more seamless for those with hearing loss (or those who just want a virtual assistant in their ear); it’s now helping hearing health professionals prevent and minimize hearing loss to begin with.

Hearables as we know them

Generally, when we think of hearables, we think of a device that enhances your hearing experience. That is a device that often fits in your ear, such as an earbud, but can be used to stream music, listen to phone calls, monitor vitals, translate conversations, and more. Hearables, as little computers, can be customized and adjusted based on needs and environment.

These wireless little in-ear computers have become a popular choice for fans of tech.

Many companies such as Apple and Google are now in the hearables market, and the hearing health care industry is seeing the possibilities of this evolving technology for hearing aids, assistive listening devices and now hearing loss prevention.

Hearables protecting hearing

As hearables technology develops, the possibilities become exciting. Tech developers and the hearing health industry envision a future where these devices and the technology they rely on could help prevent millions of cases of hearing loss in more ways than one.

  • Smart listening – many of the hearables on the market and in development make listening and hearing more natural than ever as they continually learn and adjust to the environment and the individual’s habits. The devices can minimize background noise and deliver better sound quality to users creating a clearer and less frustrating listening experience.
  • Health monitoring – many experts suggest that hearables could help health professionals across disciplines better monitor an individual’s vitals, hearing and hearing health risk factors to uncover better treat health issues before they cause hearing loss. This health monitoring could potentially breakdown walls and open communication between practitioners on a person’s care team.
  • Reduced noise exposure – Hearing experts are quick to point out that one of the most common causes of hearing loss is noise exposure. And approximately one-quarter of those cases of noise-induced hearing loss are the result of work-related exposure. Hearing healthcare professionals see this as an enormous opportunity for the technology of hearables. The technology could offer valuable real-time data on noise exposure to help reduce noise levels and create safer environments for workers. Examples of these improvements based on data are already being implemented.

The possibilities seem to be limitless when it comes to hearables, hearing loss and hearing loss prevention. As more entrepreneurs and experts jump into the field to develop solutions using this technology, those with hearing loss and those actively seeking ways to prevent hearing loss will benefit.

Many with noise-induced hearing loss don’t realize they have it for years after it’s happened. If you haven’t had a hearing evaluation recently, contact our office today to schedule one. Early detection of hearing loss can help you manage it and minimize further hearing loss.

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