How smartphones and hearing aids work together

How smartphones and hearing aids work together

Jul 12, 2017

It’s the first thing you reach for when you wake up in the morning and the last thing you put down when you go to bed. In little more than a decade, the smartphone has become our favourite device.

We may fear ‘smartphone addiction’, but they’re also fantastically convenient for staying in touch with friends and family. At their best, smartphones bring people together.

And they can also help you hear better. In the last few years, hearing aid manufacturers have caught up with smartphone technology and added some nifty new features. Purchase a hearing aid today and it might just have its own accompanying smartphone app.

Smarter sounds all round

The pace of development in the hearing aid market has hit top speed in the last few years: smaller, more powerful, smarter and more reliable – even hearing aids from just two years ago are outdated compared to newer digital hearing aids. This means new hearing aids come packed with new and genuinely life-enhancing features.

Made For iPhone® hearing aids help you use your hearing aid like a set of Bluetooth headphones connected to your smartphone, tablet or even a Bluetooth-enabled TV. This feature lets you take calls, listen to music or hear audio from a movie or TV programme directly via your hearing aid.

A few taps and you’re done

What’s more, many digital hearing aids now have their own apps. These apps connect to your hearing aid and help you fine-tune its audio settings, and in some cases, bring whole new features.

Phonak (with the Phonak RemoteControl app), ReSound (Sound Smart 3D app), Starkey (TruLink app) and Oticon (Oticon ON app) are just some of the manufacturers offering apps for their hearing aids. These apps let you:

  • Set your hearing aid’s volume. Some manufacturers let you adjust left and right hearing aids individually.
  • Make adjustments to sound quality from the app.
  • Some allow you to ‘geo-fence’ settings. This means the hearing aid will automatically change its settings based on your location; for example, when moving from a busy high street to your local library.
  • Find my hearing aid – locate your hearing aid if it goes missing.
  • Select a different streaming device – stream audio from your phone? Or from your tablet? Change it in the app with just a few taps.
  • Some apps also provide tinnitus relief features.

The Oticon Opn hearing aid has gone a step further than just an app. The hearing aid, made by Danish company Oticon, is the world’s first internet-connected hearing aid. This means the Oticon Opn can talk to other internet-connected devices around your home, helping create a smarter, more seamless and ultimately more pleasant hearing experience.

For truly hot-off-press technology, take a look at the ReSound LiNX 3D range of hearing aids. Not only is the ReSound LiNX 3D up to 50% better at identifying speech compared to competitor models, it’s also the first cloud-enabled hearing aid. This means your hearing care specialist can remotely fine-tune your hearing aid for the best possible sound quality.

Give them a try

Far from a case of technology for technology’s sake, hearing aids with smartphone apps offer real advantages. Using an app means you can discreetly adjust your hearing aid in public – it’s often far easier and faster tapping on a phone screen than using the harder-to-reach controls on the hearing aid itself.

If you’d like to see what a modern digital hearing aid can do, or you’d like to find out more about hearing aid smartphone apps, visit your nearest branch of The Hearing Care Partnership for a free hearing test.

Book your free hearing test

Our experienced audiologists can provide a free hearing assessment, and they’ll also be happy to discuss your hearing aid options, helping you find a solution that matches your hearing needs.

Don’t let hearing loss get the better of you. Arrange a free hearing assessment in store, or book an appointment online.