Hearing Aids & Artificial Intelligence

Hearing Aids & Artificial Intelligence

Dr. Molly Dillon Hearing Aid Technology

Dr. Molly Dillon

Dr. Dillon specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of hearing, balance and related disorders, with an emphasis on audiologic rehabilitation. She has been a guest speaker for many local organizations and frequently presents educational lectures on hearing loss and hearing instrument technologies in Northwest Arkansas. Dr. Dillon has been practicing audiology since 2005 and joined the staff at Blue Wave Hearing Centers in 2008. She, her husband and their two children are proud to be residents of beautiful Bella Vista, Arkansas.
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When you think about cutting edge technology, you may think about Artificial Intelligence (AI). Does AI call to mind a sci-fi film, or some futuristic technology? AI is actually a lot more common than you think, though not nearly as advanced. AI isn’t anywhere close to taking over the world, and in the meantime, even some of today’s newest hearing aid designs feature AI technology to help you hear effortlessly.

How AI Hearing Aids Work

AI is complex technology, but it’s not going to rule the planet any time soon. AI can perform tasks that require higher processing, and AI machines can often understand language, make and execute plans, and learn from their surroundings. AI in hearing aids isn’t making any plans, but cutting-edge hearing aids are using learning technology to help you hear clearly. AI in hearing aids can be used to learn your listening preferences via complex data collection and algorithms.

Hearing aids are already extremely complex, but adjusting them manually can be a challenge. Using AI along with the sophisticated hearing technology can help you hear with less effort, and when you connect your hearing aids to your smartphone, AI can use the computer in your phone to get smarter.

Hearing Aids that Currently Use AI Technology

There are only a few hearing aids that currently use AI technology, and hearing devices lag far behind other industries to incorporate machine learning. One hearing aid with AI technology is the Widex EVOKE that uses the SoundSense Learn platform to customize the listening experience. It incorporates the wearer’s listening preferences when making automatic adjustments to programs and settings. When you struggle to hear, you can launch the EVOKE app, and listen to two sound settings. Pick the best, and repeat this until you’ve found the best settings for the environment. Next time you’re in a place with a similar sound profile, your hearing aids will automatically adjust, and they’ll learn what works best for you.

Livio AI from Starkey is another AI hearing aid, and it combines AI technology with advanced sensors that can detect your body and brain health. Just like a Fitbit or other body monitor, this hearing aid can keep you healthy. The ear provides a far more accurate reading than the wrist, and these smart hearing aids can learn what’s normal for your body. If something is wrong, or the device detects dangerous changes in pulse, breathing rate, or body temperature, an alert can be sent to family and friends. The AI technology will learn your listening preferences, and even allow you to change settings by tapping your ear rather than your hearing aid.

AI and Hearing Technology in the Years Ahead

AI hearing aids are still very uncommon. AI technology and hearing aids have only started to appear together in the last couple years, but we’re excited for how this technology will develop in the years ahead. Think about how challenging it is to hear in background noise. You struggle to separate important speech sounds from distracting background noise, and have a hard time understanding what’s been said. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could focus on just the voice you want to hear? AI could make that a reality, isolating the voice you’re listening to, and making it easier than ever before to hear speech.

Blue Wave Hearing Centers

Want to try out a hearing aid of the future? At Blue Wave Hearing Centers, we’ll help you find a smart hearing aid that will learn your listening preferences and make it easier to hear than ever before. AI technology is only in a few of today’s devices, but our advanced hearing technology can help you hear in every situation. Sophisticated programs reduce background noise, help you focus on speech, and give you effortless hearing in tough listening environments.

While researchers work tirelessly to create amazing hearing devices and integrate hearing technology with AI, most people wait 5 to 7 years before treating their hearing loss, and in this time their quality of life decreases. Don’t waste another day, but visit us at Blue Wave Hearing Centers to find the latest in cool hearing technology that will help you hear when you need it the most.