What comes to mind when you hear the words “artificial intelligence”? For some, these words make them think of a scene from a sci-fi movie where a science experiment at University of Georgia comes to life.
You may be surprised to learn that we see forms of artificial intelligence in our everyday lives, like when our inboxes automatically sort emails into folders, when we check the weather forecast, when our banks alert us to potentially fraudulent transactions and when our favorite streaming platforms recommend new shows.
Another surprising place we find artificial intelligence is in hearing aids.
What Is Artificial Intelligence?
Artificial intelligence (AI) refers to the ability of a machine to perform tasks and to react to stimuli like a human would, using a set of predetermined rules that it’s been programmed to follow.
Under the umbrella of AI are machine learning and deep neural networks (DNN).
- Machine learning means a machine uses algorithms (a set of rules) to sort data, make predictions and decide how to respond.
- DNNs are a subtype of AI that mimic how the brain works in order to respond to stimuli like a human, but without being programmed to specifically do so.
How Is AI Used in Hearing Aids?
Many of today’s state-of-the-art devices utilize AI to improve the listening experience. More specifically, they help with understanding speech in background noise.
DNNs in hearing aids can select certain sounds to amplify, like speech, while suppressing background noise. They can also identify and separate multiple speakers, select a primary voice to amplify and subdue secondary voices.
This is beneficial in a number of environments. For example, at a restaurant or dinner party, your hearing aid can amplify the voice of your conversation partner, allow you to hear the voices of others in your party and suppress background noises like dishes clinking together and other patrons having conversations. If you live an active lifestyle and are interested in the benefits of hearing aids with AI technology, call the experts at ENT of Athens to schedule an appointment today!