Wearable Devices: From CE Show to AudiologyNOW! 2016
The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) provides an annual opportunity for technophiles to view many of the latest gadgets in one location – Las Vegas. The meeting, held this year on January 6-9, shines a spotlight on emerging innovation from a broad array of industries. One area of interest to audiologists has been the resurgence in both “wired” and “wireless” headphones, led by Beats and other competitors. For the past several years, connected wrist-worn “wearable” devices have emerged as a significant trend at CES, including FitBit, Withings, Garmin, Jawbone and other devices used to measure biometric information like steps, sleep, heart rate, body temperature, and even EEG activity. As it turns out, the ear is remarkably fertile real-estate for many of these measurements, and the convergence of wireless headphones and wearables has created the “hearable” device. Is this just a new form of personal sound amplification product (PSAP) or something that can increase market penetration for hearing aids and help break down the barriers related to their use?
Attendees of AudiologyNOW! 2016 in Phoenix will have the opportunity to hear from industry experts regarding threats and opportunities related to this new class of device. One session (LM226) by Brian Taylor, AuD, called “The Sky Is Rising: How Hearables Can Be Successfully Integrated in Your Practice” (Thursday, April 14, 3:15– 4:15 pm) discuss (1) the different types of hearables available on the market and (2) how to implement a business strategy that incorporates hearables and increases the overall demand for audiology services without compromising quality of care.
As usual, attendees can count on receiving the latest information of interest to audiologists at AudiologyNOW! 2016—see you in Phoenix!