Most know that hearing aids have come to sound better over the years, but many do not realize that they now offer another benefit: connectivity. The world has entered an era of connectivity, and the hearing industry is at the forefront of it.
“When you buy a hearing aid today you aren’t just buying something that makes you hear, you are buying a device that helps you connect to both the virtual world and the real world,” says Audiological Affairs Specialist Oliver Townend. “You can now stream sound from the gadgets you use every day right into your ears through your hearing aids.”Consider these recent innovations in the hearing industry:
The made-for-iPhone advantage
When Apple introduced the first generation iPhone in 2007, most didn’t anticipate just how much smartphones would revolutionize how we interact with the world around us. Now, iPhones are a regular part of most people’s daily lives, with a recent Pew Research Center study showing that 72 percent of Americans own a smartphone.
But a smartphone is only smart if its owner is able to see and hear it. For that, Apple designed accessibility features for people with hearing loss, visual impairments, and motor issues.
For hearing aid users these include:
- Easy pairing of your hearing aid with your smart phone
- Volume control, direct streaming, and audio presets
Apps take connectivity with iPhones one-step further, with the ability to control your hearing aids and design personalized location-specific sound settings. Here’s a look at the most recent Made-for-iPhone hearing aid app
, which uses the iPhone’s intuitive swipe function: