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Hearing Aids and AI

Do your members with hearing loss benefit from AI technology?

The words artificial intelligence (AI) can sometimes have people running for cover in fear that their jobs will be replaced by machines. AI can have a significant effect on the physical and mental well-being of your members, just not in the way you might think.

Over 30 million American adults report some trouble hearing. Hearing loss is a very common condition that can strike old and young alike. The most common form of hearing loss is sensorineural loss, which can be a result of old age, high volume noise exposure, injury, disease, drugs or genetics. Many people with this type of hearing loss can manage it with the use of a hearing aid.

Like many technologies, hearing aids have seen significant benefits because of AI. Over the last decade the automation of hearing aids has brought science fiction to our everyday lives.

In hearing aids, AI algorithms analyze a wearer’s environment, identifying sounds and the distinction in people’s voices. It automatically adjusts the audio based on the wearer’s level of hearing loss and any preselected preferences, which reduces the need for manual adjustments throughout the day. 

Machine learning is a component of AI which enables machines to utilize algorithms to analyze data and make forecasts.

Another form of AI used in hearing aids is deep neural network (DNN). With DNN the AI imitates the neural behaviors of the user’s brain. DNN reacts to provocation like the human brain, which eliminates the need for programming.

Hearing Aids with AI technology can set your members with hearing loss back a bit. The price range varies. This is why it’s important for you to have a hearing health care partner that provides all-inclusive hearing aid pricing, a great selection in hearing aids, discounts with manufacturers and a program that meets the hearing needs of your organization.

Wearing hearing aids can have an immediate boost for those who wear them. This includes:

  • Increased productivity
  • Less anxiety and forced isolation
  • A delay in dementia for older adults
  • Reduced risks of slip and falls
  • Decreased risk of workplace accidents 

Bottom line, AI is here and it’s here to stay. And despite our fears, AI has done some good. Hearing aids with AI can be a great investment for your members and organization. Not only does it boost the quality of life for the wearer, it boosts the quality of work that they produce. 

To learn more, download our whitepaper, “Modern Hearing Aids: Smarter, Smaller and More Effective.”