By Corinne Clements

Hey everyone, and welcome to this week’s installment of TraQing News! We’ve rounded up some content for you as you wind down your day. From assistive hearing devices to what’s a hit in kitchen renovations, here are some of our favorite articles from this week:

Assistive hearing is the next big thing for wireless earbuds | Billy Steele: As truly wireless earbud technology continues to improve, there’s a new opportunity for the category to expand into. Thanks to recent legislation, hearing aids and other assistive hearing devices will be available without a prescription. This will provide a whole new arena for wearables in general, and “hearables” in particular to help solve problems that consumers are facing in their day-to-day lives.

Today’s Toilets Use Less Water and Make Less Noise | Haniya Rae: When we think of cutting-edge technology, toilets may not be the first thing to come to mind. However, new models for 2018 are showing just how far we’ve come in indoor plumbing. From new ways to save water, to less obtrusive designs, there are all kinds of new innovations for consumers’ bathrooms.

White Cabinets Remain at the Top of Kitchen Wish Lists | Erin Carlyle: Make sure you’ve got the styles and finishes that consumers are craving for their kitchen renovations. Houzz took a look at what’s been trending for kitchen renovations over the past year, from the cabinets, to the backsplash, to the flooring.

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