Just imagine being able to regulate the volume, treble, and bass on your hearing aids as discretely and effortlessly as checking the time on your wrist. Or picture fine-tuning your hearing aids for any hearing environment without ever having to touch your hearing aids.
Sound too good to be true? A few years ago, it was; but with the Apple Watch, hearing aid users are redefining the way they interact with their hearing aids.
With Apple’s most personal device to date, you can now leave behind your hearing aid remote control at home, your cell phone in your pocket, and your fingers out of your ears. All hearing aid adjustments and settings can be easily accessed from a software program within the watch—meaning you’ll never have to touch your hearing aids or endlessly fumble through your cell phone again.
Here are 10 cool things you can do with your Apple Watch and compatible hearing aids.
1. Forget the hearing aid remote control
The problem with contemporary hearing aids is that as they come to be smaller, more effective, and furnished with more capabilities, they become harder to handle. This makes a remote control a requirement, but who wants to lug around yet another device?
Even using your cell phone as the remote control can get monotonous, but with the Apple Watch, if you want to adjust a setting, you just raise your wrist. It can’t get any simpler than that.
2. Effortlessly adjust the volume, treble, and bass
Need the hearing aid volume adjusted? No problem, just discreetly lift your wrist, tap the hearing aid application on the watch, and swipe your finger to modify the volume control slider. You can also easily fine-tune the treble and bass to build the perfect sound quality in any hearing environment.
3. Mute your hearing aids
Situations arise when you don’t want to amplify sound, and with the Apple Watch, you can turn off the hearing aids with the push of a button.
Although we don’t recommend using this functionality on your spouse.
4. Create and save custom sound settings
Having a discussion in a restaurant is very different than having a quiet conversation at home; that’s why hearing aids have what are termed “environmental presets,” or settings that amplify sounds with respect to the environment.
With the Apple Watch, you can conveniently access and change between presets, adjusting settings on the fly depending on your location. And as you render your adjustments, if there is a specific setting that works particularly well, you can save the setting, label it, and access it in the future.
5. Stream music and phone calls
You’re out for a run and you want to play your favorite album. That would in general call for you to take out your hearing aids, but with Apple Watch, you can stream music wirelessly from the watch to your hearing aids. In this way, your hearing aids have the double function of a sound amplification device and a pair of high-quality earbuds.
Additionally, you can very easily answer or forward phone calls right from the watch, as the audio is transmitted wirelessly to your hearing aids not unlike the music.
6. Find your misplaced hearing aids
We all lose valuable things, like our car keys, and we waste a lot of time attempting to find them. But when we misplace our hearing aids, it’s not only inconvenient—we risk ruining the device that links us to sound, which can be scary.
Using the Apple Watch, if you lose your hearing aids, you can easily find them as the watch can pin point their specific location and render it on a map.
7. Focus on speech and block out background noise
Most digital hearing aids include directional microphones and other background-noise canceling functions. With the Apple Watch, you have continuous access to these capabilities, with the ability to narrow the focus in a busy room, for instance, by tuning in to the person you’re talking to while blocking the background chatter.
8. View your battery and connection status
You no longer need to stress about running out of battery power and being stuck without audio. You can effortlessly monitor your hearing aid battery life right on the Apple Watch.
9. Make your hearing aids invisible
You can’t really make your hearing aids invisible with the Apple Watch, but with the appropriate hearing aid, it will seem that way to the people around you. The Apple Watch, when combined with a completely-in-the-ear-canal hearing aid, will be totally out of view. And when you’re modifying your hearing aid controls on your watch, people will think you’re checking the time.
10. Control your tinnitus
Sound therapy in the form of white noise, music, or nature sounds can be streamed wirelessly to your hearing aids, and the sounds can be modified to correspond to the frequency of your tinnitus—all from the Apple Watch.
Individualize your hearing experience
Although the Apple Watch is not compatible with all types of hearing aid, several hearing aid models currently are, and we anticipate additional models to be produced in the near future. The Apple Watch is the optimal solution to many of the problems expressed by our patients and provides a degree of interaction and control like never before.
Contact us today to learn more about this amazing technology.
Do you have an Apple Watch? Do you use it to control your hearing aids? Tell us about your experience in a comment.