Machine learning, AI and hearing aids

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AI can make hearing in real life better and easier

The use of new technologies can improve and facilitates the lives of people experiencing difficulties with their hearing. Thanks to artificial intelligence, in fact, it is possible to customise your hearing aid and decide which type of sound to favour in every situation.

What is AI?

Artificial Intelligence is a branch of information technology that has the objective of programming and designing systems that allow machines to be equipped with human characteristics such as visual, spatial-temporal and decision-making perceptions.

Machine Learning is part of artificial intelligence, i.e. the ability of machines to learn automatically.

What is artificial intelligence in hearing aids?

With the integration of artificial intelligence in hearing aids, users can easily customize their device by simply tapping on their smartphone. This enables individuals to prioritize certain sounds in specific situations, which can be tailored to their unique hearing needs. Additionally, through machine learning, the hearing aid can replicate similar sound conditions in comparable environments.

Features and benefits of AI hearing aids

There are numerous advantages to utilizing hearing aids with artificial intelligence technology. One of the key benefits is the ability to hear clearly in noisy surroundings, achieved by selectively amplifying or reducing certain sounds. Another advantage is the convenience of controlling all device settings from a smartphone, as well as having access to emergency assistance through the app.

What is machine learning?

Machine learning is part of the concept of artificial intelligence. It is an algorithm that is able to improve the behaviour of the machine that learns through the data that it transforms into experience, just like human beings.

How can improve how well you hear

By incorporating machine learning, hearing aids can provide a customised listening experience that precisely caters to the user's needs. In fact, the hearing aid will be able to recreate the same conditions in similar situations, greatly improving and facilitating the hearing experience of the wearer.

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What are virtual assistants?

Virtual assistants are applications that are able to understand voice commands and, on the basis of these, perform actions (such as turning on the music or setting the oven timer). Virtual assistants are passive listening devices that respond when they acknowledge a command or greeting. Siri and Alexa are two of the most famous virtual assistants currently on the market.

What is Siri?

Siri is the voice-controlled virtual assistant developed by Apple, it is available in most Apple devices such as iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, Apple TV and HomePod. It was launched almost ten years ago and since then its intelligence has greatly increased and its capabilities have greatly expanded.

Hearing Aids & Siri

To use Siri with your hearing aid, simply pair it with your Apple device. This way, you will be able to hear Siri's  directly in your ear. In addition to this, through the "Compatible hearing aids" feature, you can reduce interference and improve sound quality with some hearing aid models.

What is Alexa?

Alexa is the voice-controlled virtual assistant developed by Amazon. It is possible to communicate with Alexa through smart devices, including Amazon Echo smart speakers, smartphones, tablets and computers. Its first version dates back to 2014 and, since then, its intelligence has greatly improved.

Hearing Aids & Alexa

It is possible to connect Alexa to your hearing aid. All you have to do is connect it via Bluetooth to Amazon Echo or to the device Alexa is associated with to hear her voice directly inside your ear. In addition to this, Amazon has recently launched a new feature on Fire TV that enables users to connect their hearing aids directly to their television, thus accessing online content more easily. This feature is particularly beneficial for those with hearing impairments, as it allows audio to be transmitted directly to their hearing aids.

The importance of regular check-ups

It is always important to check our hearing and not to underestimate the first signals our body gives us. This is why we invite you to visit the amplifon centre near you so that you can talk to specialists and undergo the various tests.

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AI in hearing aids: what to expect

New technologies are revolutionizing the world of hearing aids making them increasingly customisable, easy to use and tailored to the needs of the individual. For individuals with hearing difficulties, this feature provides an opportunity to lead a more normal lifestyle. Nevertheless, regular hearing check-ups, such as those available at the nearest Amplifon center, are crucial to prevent hearing problems from arising.

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