Hearing Aids & Artificial Intelligence

Hearing Aids & Artificial Intelligence

Lyle Johnson, BC-HIS Hearing Aid Technology

Lyle Johnson, BC-HIS

Lyle Johnson is a Board Certified Hearing Instrument Sciences at Audio Advantage Hearing Aid Centers
Lyle Johnson, BC-HIS

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Embracing technology in the world of hearing devices opens us up to an even greater amount of options and possibilities. As electronic devices from mobiles to laptops to tablets become an increasingly normal part of our communication modes so does our relationship with medical devices to help us regulate our blood sugar to bettering our hearing.

It is in our favor that artificial intelligence can be incorporated into hearing aids and cochlear implants. The better informed we are of these technologies that progress on a daily basis the better choices we can make to improve our hearing health. Let’s take a look at artificial intelligence (AI) and get a deeper understanding of how it works for us. The first mention of artificial intelligence and many people feel overwhelmed, but the concept has been around for ages and so has the technology.

In fact, AI is used in so many ways that many of us don’t know it is already a part of our lives.

If you use your mobile to deposit checks you are using AI technology.

Have you ever:

  • Tagged a photo of a friends’ face on social media?
  • Used a filter to get rid of spam from your emails?
  • Substituted an emoji for a word?

All of the above are examples of AI technology.

When we use first began using a phone for text messaging it launched the use of predictive texting. Based on a set of algorithms it is actually predicted what words we would use as we typed and we determined its use. An algorithm, in its simplest form, is a set of directions.

The more complex a task the more complex the algorithms.

AI is a computer that can learn based on the data and algorithms it is given. It replicates human thinking in that it uses all the information given to perform complex tasks. The field of AI has advanced so significantly, that its application in hearing aids only seems appropriate given the complex situations we are in every day differentiating and filtering sounds.

The latest technology bridges hearing devices with our phone via Bluetooth!

Examples of AI to get excited about!

Phone apps have become a normal part of our lives these days since the ubiquitous use of smartphones. This year, an app came out on Google that allows people with hearing impairment the ability to use it to detect speech and have it transcribed in real-time. Yet another app helps to elevate sounds in situations where there is a lot of distracting background noise by amplifying the softer sounds.

The incorporation of AI helps disseminate sounds that we need as opposed to those that we filter out, thereby getting closer to processing sound in the natural and highly complex manner that people without hearing impairments are capable of experiencing.

The cutting-edge symbiosis of AI and hearing aids

Our ability to discern sounds are highly complex and intuitive. We know that talking to our loved one at a social gathering requires us to focus on their voice and to filter out the background of music or the chatter of others.

Detecting and reading sensors from the ear via a hearing aid, AI technology is better able to deduce and provide a tailored sound experience. After all the ear is the best location to track and read the signals of our physical activity. AI technology has advanced so far as to be able to process the multiple layers of sound so that our listening experience is more selective to our needs.

In addition, we are also able to program our hearing aids so that the multiple processing ability that AI has to offer allows us to switch to hearing sounds appropriate to our environment from the movies to social gatherings. Once we are able to program our hearing devices to the multitude of sound environments that we experience on a daily basis, AI technology that will further enable our specific preferences to be put into play when we need them.

Basically, with the integration of AI into our hearing devices, we are moving closer to mimicking a hearing experience comparable to that of a natural one without impairment.

Audio Advantage Hearing Aid Center

Audio Advantage Hearing Aid Center is eager to help and inform you on your journey to a better hearing experience. The road to maintaining and sustaining our hearing health requires a proper assessment and a treatment suited to your specific needs. We are looking forward to your call, to guide and advise you or a loved one, on your first step to better hearing.