IoT Powers Up Hearing Aids
Wed, April 21, 2021

IoT Powers Up Hearing Aids

Device connectivity is being incorporated into hearing aids to assist users. / Photo Credit: Alexander Raths via Shutterstock

 

Carsten Rhod Gregersen of healthcare technology platform MedCityNews reports that better, faster, smaller tech devices are being utilized in the medical field more frequently. Hence, it’s not surprising for the said field to experiment with IoT.  IoT devices help combat illness by ensuring patients “with round-the-clock requirements for permanent health monitoring.” 

Moreover, these devices also help in the collection and collation of health data, allowing professionals to analyze trends and other valuable information about their patients. Healthcare analytics enables care providers to examine patient reactions to certain medications, as well as to make more informed decisions. Notably, IoT is also leveraged to make hearing aids better than before. 

Device connectivity is being incorporated into hearing aids to assist users. The first six months will be the hardest since users have to constantly adjust their hearing aid to avoid echoes and screeching. Calibrating a hearing aid by a specialized audiologist can take minutes, but patients need to travel first to set an appointment. 

With IoT, this process could be done over the internet. Audiologists will just send the data from their computer to the app installed on their client’s phone. The data will then be transmitted via Bluetooth to their hearing aid. This way, audiologists have direct access to the device anytime, anywhere. Most of all, it saves time and money. 

It might not be enough to save lives but it can minimize unnecessary expenditures on travel or appointments. Even better, IoT solutions entail little delay between the audiologists’ actions and the effect of their calibration, making it appear as if they are with their client. Of course, this is just the beginning. The medical field continues to invest and develop technology to save lives and draw life-changing insights. 

It is also worth considering the security risks associated with IoT. Some devices are known for their unsecure, preset security settings, making it easy for hackers to compromise the device. Moreover, IoT devices contain sensitive health information. Thus, Gregersen recommends users and health authorities to verify the device and connection type, as well as ensuring that information is rerouted via private servers instead of cloud service providers. 

In the medical field, technology is slowly catching up. It is time to harness technological advancements to empower decision-making, monitor a patient’s health, and deliver the best outcome.