NEWS COMMENTARY

Apple Watch noise alert quietly speaks to preventative care in aging

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September 26, 2019
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by Danielle Bradnan
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The new Apple Watch health apps offer some improvements on existing tools by finally incorporating period trackers and noise alerts. While the period tracker was hyped, the more interesting advancement is the noise monitoring alert. Hearing loss has a number of impacts on aging populations, including a higher likelihood of developing dementia, depression, and gait problems. By addressing risk of hearing loss through noise alerts in their target demographic of 20- to 45-year-olds, Apple is quietly adding an element of preventative care to its arsenal that will be most impactful as users age. Clients looking at aging in place should monitor the success of this alert mechanism and incorporate noise awareness in products that support aging.

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