Adjust the hearing instruments using a smart phone, tablet, or handheld device.
iPhone®, iPad®, and Android™ developers are working with hearing aid manufacturers to create seamless connectivity between hearing aids and smartphones. This will give hearing aid users the ability to adjust their instruments' settings using Apps on an iPhone, iPad, or Android powered device. For an update on how the new iOS7 takes us one step closer to "made for iPhone" hearing aids, click here.
The GN ReSound LiNX™ is the first hearing aid to earn the "made for iPhone" label. This means that the audio from an iPhone can be directly transmitted to both hearing aids without the use of a streamer. For more information, including when the LiNX™ will be available for purchase, click here.
Currently, many hearing aid manufacturers offer smartphone APPs for their devices.
iPhone and Hearing Aid Compatibility
Currently, iPhone 5s, 5c, 5, 4s, and 4 models comply with the FCC’s hearing aid compatibility standards. However, to maximize the clarity of your particular model of iPhone, you will need to activate the “Hearing Aid Mode.”
An App to Help Improve Cell Phone Clarity
SoundID has created an app to help improve voice clarity on smart phones. EarPrint allows the user to change the sound quality and listening level of the caller’s voice while conversing on the phone. When not in use, it also acts as a sound meter to determine the volume level of the surrounding environment. For more information on EarPrint, click here.
An App to Provide Captioning on a Smartphone
The Hamilton CapTel® App is a new app that provides captioning for conversations on a smartphone. For more information on the Hamilton CapTel® App for iPhones, click here. For Android devices, click here.
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