Made for iPhone/Android
Hearing aid technology has blossomed in the previous two decades. Powerful DSP (digital signal processing) and improved battery technology have allowed hearing aids to become more powerful, useful, and practical than ever before.
At the same time, the “hearable” industry has also taken off. With the advent of noise-cancelling headphones, manufacturers have found more and more that consumers are excited about having active technology in their headphones and earbuds. A pair of Apple Airpods or other earbuds can connect wirelessly with your iPhone or Android device and allow you to conduct hands-free phone calls, talk to Alexa or other smart assistants, track your biometrics, and allow you to connect to multiple devices to provide excellent sound quality for a variety of media and entertainment.
Hearing aids, of course, are like a highly-specialized and sophisticated type of earbud. While their primary function is to support our hearing while we move through the world, more and more models are fully capable to connect with smartphones, TVs, and other devices to give us the same kind of hands-free accessibility that a set of earbuds does. Any Bluetooth-enabled hearing aids will work with the iPhone or most Android devices to integrate seamlessly into your routines, and some models are even “Made for iPhone/Android” to allow even deeper integration with your smartphone.
Whether you like to listen to music, podcasts, or watch TV, your hearing aids can connect wirelessly via Bluetooth to present the most accurate sound available. Rather than having multiple sets of microphones and speakers at work, the media travels straight to your hearing aids and provides the best sound quality possible, while retaining your hearing aids’ fitment for your specific hearing needs. While not all Bluetooth-capable models are Made for iPhone/Android, for many people, Bluetooth connectivity alone will be enough.
Smart App Integration
Most any set of Bluetooth-capable hearing aids will allow you to control them with a smart app, provided your device is compatible*. In some cases, like the Signia Styletto series, the manufacturers have done away with physical controls on the hearing aids entirely. This reduces the number of moving parts on the hearing aids, translating to potentially longer life for the unit. It also means that you don’t need to make adjustments by touching the hearing aid. You can discreetly control volume, program, and even fine-tune adjustments right from your phone without ever needing to draw attention to your hearing aids.
Starkey’s Thrive app, for example, even allows you to individualize your programs for specific environments, and save them with a geotag. Is there a coffee shop you frequent, a worship service you attend, or a favorite diner you go to? The first time you go there with your new hearing aids, you can adjust your program until it sounds best to you, save it with a geotag, and every time you return to that location your Starkey hearing aids will automatically return to that setting. Pretty neat, right?
With more and more hearing aids including Bluetooth connectivity as a matter of course, it’s clear that people are getting a lot out of this option. If you’re considering a new set of hearing aids, be sure to talk to us about Bluetooth and device integration. Even if you’re not already a hearable user, you’ll be surprised at how much a pair of hearing aids with wireless connectivity can do for you!
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