Smart hearing aids are part of the much larger and ever-evolving world of smart products. These include everything from Tesla cars to Medtronic's Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) device to the Petcube Camera.

These products are distinct not only because of their ability to connect with other devices and exchange data, but also to upload internal monitoring data they collect to the “product cloud” for further analysis.

When do you need a hearing aid? Well, obviously, when you can’t hear.

But things are never quite that simple. There are some situations — the buildup of earwax, a perforated eardrum, an infection of the inner ear, or other medical conditions — that can result in hearing loss. These may or may not be situations that require a hearing aid.

A number of famous professionals handle their hearing loss issues and have used hearing aids while in the spotlight — probably without you even knowing it. That they can succeed in an environment where verbal communication is their core activity shows just how seamlessly a hearing aid can be incorporated into someone’s everyday life.

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The Lyric by Phonak is a virtually invisible hearing aid that delivers cutting-edge sound quality. Positioned deep in the ear canal, it’s not obvious the person using it has a hearing aid. Individual units are inserted and worn for up to 4 months and then replaced when the battery is at the end of its life. A plan covering a specific time period, rather than individual units, is the most common payment method.

With the ever-increasing sophistication and size minimization of computer electronics, new hearing aids continue to come on the market that provide not only better hearing experiences, but more options for connecting wirelessly with other electronic devices.