3 Ways Voice Command in Hearables Is Improving Healthcare

June 9, 2021 by Johanna Behm

Today, most hearable devices can handle functions such as playing music, making a call, and providing voice assistance. But hearables aimed at healthcare and wellness can also gather biometric data such as temperature, blood oxygen levels, and heart rate.

Thanks to the rapid development of voice command capabilities, new hearables are unlocking more use cases. The global hearables market is “multiplying,” due to consumers increasingly demanding an enhanced audio experience in wireless headphones with smart voice control.

Toddler child wearing a hearing aid

Moreover, incorporating voice functionality into hearables is essential to developing advanced hearable applications. Ear-worn products are increasingly equipped with voice recognition for better patient care and improved user privacy. By leveraging technologies like AI, Machine Learning, and the Internet of Things, companies can innovate the healthcare industry with voice command hearables.

More Personal Healthcare Experience

When it comes to wearable products, hearing aids are perhaps the most sophisticated devices available. These little supercomputers are already improving the lives of millions of people around the world, but their usefulness can be multiplied by incorporating voice command. In combination with edge processing capabilities, voice command can elevate the user experience with hearable medical devices to feel as if each user always had a personal medical voice assistant with them.

Hearables with voice capabilities also provide passive benefits for the user. For example, one startup identified voice-based biomarkers for pulmonary hypertension, a rare but potentially fatal heart condition associated with high blood pressure. Soon, devices will be able to reliably track the progression of disease simply by recording the user’s voice at timely intervals.

Intelligent and Proactive Care

Thanks to IoT, hearable devices and connect with healthcare apps and Bluetooth-enabled devices to provide a seamless user experience. Today’s smart hearables come equipped with advanced biometric sensors and artificial intelligence that can continuously monitor and improve the user’s overall health. For example, if an elderly user slips and falls, a hearable with fall detection can send alert messages to family members or selected friends to get help.

Hearables for Patient Engagement

As more hearables for wellness and healthcare make use of voice recognition and voice biometrics, these devices will become smarter with providing users with the appropriate information as it is needed. Voice assistants such as Alexa or Siri already exist, but an ear-worn device offers a more personal experience. Users can ask their intelligent hearable questions on the fly and receive important information when they need it.

More Engaged Patients and Users

Voice-based innovations have another significant implication for healthcare, specifically in areas requiring patient participation and interaction to create digital health solutions and services. Without effective patient engagement, companies will take longer to develop the appropriate solutions to best serve users. Voice command offers a hands-free way of engagement that requires no typing and no button pressing.

Healthtech with always-on voice command

In addition, a voice-powered hearable can potentially encourage users to adjust unhealthy behaviors and improve medication compliance. Smart hearables can even provide real-time coaching for a more hands-on user experience. Devices with voice recognition can enable patients and users to take surveys and complete other activities using only their voice. For users with physical disabilities, the addition of voice command will streamline the process of collecting personal information and data that can improve their treatment.

How Ambiq Contributes

Ambiq’s ultra-low-power microprocessors are transforming hearable technology, both in terms of their capabilities and their potential. By enabling always-on voice detection and recognition, ear-worn devices can go beyond basic biometric measurement. Overnight, these hearables are evolving into voice assistants capable of integrating into our lives for a wireless and hands-free healthcare guidance.

For the last ten years, Ambiq has been laser-focused on inventing and delivering the most revolutionary microcontroller (MCU) and System-on-Chip (SoC) solutions in the market. Through the advanced Subthreshold Power Optimized Technology (SPOT) platform, Ambiq has helped many leading manufacturers worldwide create products that can operate for days, months, and sometimes years on a lithium battery or a single charge. For more information, visit www.ambiq.com.

Written by Johanna Behm
Johanna Behm
Written by Johanna Behm

Johanna is an international marketing and localization professional with a professional track record from four countries and two continents. She has educational background in finance, but she traded the trading desk to web marketing. She applies data driven methodologies and real-time mindset to digital marketing.