Hearables Are Going to Revolutionize Healthcare, Here’s How

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Hearables such as smart hearing aids are already making a big impact on the healthcare industry by helping people with poor hearing improve their conditions. But what other ways hearables can change healthcare? We’ll discuss here few ways hearables are going to revolutionize healthcare.

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Fall Detection

Starkey Technologies’ new hearing aids called Livio can detect fall. In addition to activity tracking and doing translations in real-time, these medical-grade devices can help seniors with poor hearing improve their hearing and at the same time work to detect fall. Devices like these can help seniors tackle a range of health challenges with a simple touch of a button, reports Forbes.

Heart Rate Monitor

Heart rate monitors aren’t just something you see on a smartwatch, they’re slowly making an entry into hearable devices. The hearable to monitor heart rate was the iriverON Bluetooth headphones in 2013. Major headphone brands like Jabra Sport Pulse, Sony B-Trainer, SMS Audio Biosport, Huawei R1 Pro and LG HR Earphone now feature heart rate tracking. Most of these brands co-developed their biometric sensor with Valencell, a US-based company that develops biometric sensor technology for hearables.

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Measure Body Temperature

Since hearables are made for your ears, they can be an excellent medium to measure body temperature. Cosinuss’ Degree° is a combination between a wearable in-ear thermometer and an assisting app, that can track body temperature and provide intelligent treatment suggestions. Continuous temperature tracking as offered by these hearables could help pediatricians reliably monitor a child’s health.

Virtual Assistants

Many hearables now have voice assistants such as Apple’s Siri or Amazon’s Alexa. Hearables like Vi Sense and Vinchi have their own voice-enabled virtual assistants that can perform a wide variety of tasks from changing music to telling you your heart rate. Voice first technologies like these can serve as caregivers to patients, reminding them to take their medicines, exercise, or visit their doctors.

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Activity Trackers

Vi Sense’s Vi Ai Fitness Tracker headphones come with real-time audio coach. Vi senses your distance, step rate, and heart rate in real-time and will tailor your workouts based on how you are doing. Vi coaches you in real-time based on your biometrics, making for a more dynamic and effective workout. Other hearables like Bragi’s Dash Pro and Vinchi allows users to listen to music while automatically tracking physical activity such as heart rate, speed, time, distance and calories burnt.