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Since digital hearing aids became available a quarter century ago, their audio quality in complex situations like a cocktail party has inched forward thanks to developments like directional microphones and pre-programmed settings for common sound environments. Now hearing aid manufacturers are trying to take a bigger leap forward using artificial intelligence to make noisy environments clearer than ever. The new products use deep neural networks trained on giant data sets to isolate and sharpen the right sounds for people with hearing loss.
The top consideration for a lot of baby boomers planning to downsize has become proximity to adult kids and grandchildren. “They’re more and more interested in being near those they love, willing to give up that dream of what they were going to do in retirement to be near family,’’ says one Boston area realtor. For those looking at 55+ communities, another realtor says the downsizers want to be more connected to nature, placing a premium on nearby walking trails, dog parks, and outdoor relaxation and entertaining to include fire pits, fireplaces, and outdoor kitchens.
Hearing aid makers tackle the technology's ‘number one problem’ with AI (statnews.com)
Baby boomers reassess downsizing during pandemic (boston.com)