Five years after producing an iPhone integrated hearing aid with Apple, GN Hearing has partnered up with Google to do the same for Android operated devices.
GN Hearing will be the first to develop these hearing aids using Google’s specifications, but since it does not have exclusivity, other companies are likely to soon follow in its footsteps.
Although it is easy to understand why joining Android users to this new connected hearing aid is important, since the smartphone and other devices are such a big part of our daily life, we have to look into the hearing impaired numbers worldwide to really understand the impact this new technology will have on their lives.
Hearing loss has been on the rise, partly because people are living longer, and gradual hearing loss often accompanies old age. Hearing loss can also be due in part to environmental factors (like headphones that people use with loud volume).
Of course, there also those born with partial or total hearing loss, who have opted to have auricular implant,s etc. The degree of hearing loss differs very much from person to person, this is why having a moulding solution is so important.
The new hearing aids GN Hearing will launch this September are reliable, have enhanced battery time, and users will be able to operate them via the app on the phone, being thus able to better adjust to their environment and better experience life and its sounds.
The World Health Organization estimates that there are some 466 million people with disabling hearing loss, up from about 360 million in 2013. That number is expected to grow to 900 million by 2050.
The industry has been slow to connect itself and hearing aid users to the new wireless technologies, Anders Hedegaard, the CEO of GN Hearing said, but thankfully things have changed for the better in recent years, and results are encouraging.
“We have seen the percentage of people using connectivity going up dramatically,” he said. In 2013/14, he estimated that only about 10 percent of people who had connected hearing aids actually used the service with apps and other devices. Now “the majority” download apps and take advantage, he said.
It has been obvious for some time that healthcare leaders have to embrace AI and data, along with all tech advances, in order to connect the healthcare system to the present and ensure its future. Hearing impaired people are a big part of our world and are users of both the healthcare system and the new technologies. So, it’s only logical that they deserve patient-oriented devices to help them live better and help us fully enjoy their contributions to society.
Overall, the health tech industry is booming and healthcare startups are turning a new leaf in attracting new funds in 2018. The top ten healthcare technology startups have received a staggering $1.7 billion dollars in funding in 2018.
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