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Artificial intelligence is more common than you may realize.

Have you ever binged a Netflix series and noticed the “what to watch next” prompt at the end of your episode? That’s artificial intelligence.

Maybe there’s a list of recommended products on your Amazon account after you’ve done some online shopping. That’s also AI.

It’s a growing technological trend that’s making its way into the world of hearing technology, which can provide you with a thorough interpretation of your listening environment.

How Do Hearing Aids Use Artificial Intelligence?

Hearing aids that use AI automatically respond to different acoustic environments. The more soundscapes you encounter, the more your hearing aids will learn to interpret. AI is a machine’s ability to simulate human intelligence, so AI hearing aids mimic how your brain would respond to sounds if you didn’t have hearing loss.

There are two subsets:

Machine learning: This artificial intelligence uses algorithms to sort through audio and make decisions or predictions.

Deep neural network: This technology learns your brain’s habits as it encounters auditory input and responds without explicit programming.

Advantages of AI Hearing Aids

Learning capabilities: AI hearing aids will adapt to your surroundings and learn to recognize sounds you frequently encounter, such as the voice of a spouse, friend or coworker. Some brands also recognize your daily habits and adjust their response depending on your location and time of day.

Speech interpretation: Places like airports and restaurants make it difficult for less advanced hearing aids to filter background noise. A study conducted by the Ohio State University revealed people with hearing loss only understood 29% of conversation in the presence of background noise when they didn’t use artificially intelligent hearing aids. That number jumped to 84% when AI hearing aids were used.

Reduced cognitive load: If you have hearing loss, your brain works overtime to interpret sounds on a limited amount of auditory input. You don’t hear all the sounds you used to, so your brain expends more energy trying to make up for the loss. AI hearing aids think like your brain and ease the workload by interpreting and clarifying sounds before they reach your auditory cortex, so your brain doesn’t have to work as hard.

Health tracking: Your ears are considered an extremely accurate place to take vitals such as blood pressure. Some of the most advanced hearing technology track activity levels, monitor falls and send alerts for assistance.

AI Hearing Aids on the Market

Oticon More: This hearing aid has an onboard deep neural network that includes more than 12 million sounds. It also crowdsources sounds from other users to include a wider variety of audio recognition.

Starkey Livio AI: In addition to its advanced AI sound interpretation, the Livio AI comes with programs to monitor fitness, falls and signs of dementia. It also comes with a digital personal assistant application to provide you with reminders.

Phonak Audéo Marvel: This hearing device uses AutoSense OS 3.0, an artificial intelligence algorithm, to provide you with exceptional sound quality and better speech understanding.

Widex Moment: This hearing aid model boasts a natural sound experience thanks to its Puresound technology. There’s no audio lag, so you won’t feel out of sync with your listening environment.

ReSound ONE: The individualized programming of the ReSound ONE is complemented by the additional microphone that’s placed in your ear canal. This device uses Activate Ultra Focus to improve mic directionality and speech understanding.

Most AI hearing aids require a prescription for your audiologist, so come to Audiology & Hearing Services of Charlotte, and we’ll work with you to determine if AI technology will benefit you. Call 704-412-7975 or contact us online to schedule your appointment.

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