Among smartphones, the iPhone stands out as an innovation leader. The latest innovation is a result of collaborations with several hearing aid manufacturers to create hearing aids and apps that are intended to work together. These are called made for iPhone hearing aids. Made for iPhone hearing aids allow the user to adjust the hearing aid from an app on their iPhones. They are also able to receive incoming audio from phone calls or music from iTunes or responses from Siri straight to their ears. The technology is easy to use as well. Setting up your made for iPhone hearing aids to work with your iPhone is as quick and easy as with any other Bluetooth device. Apple instructs the user to, “In Settings, go to General, then Accessibility, then Hearing Aids, and iOS will automatically search for and recognize your device. Once your hearing aid is paired, it’s available to you as an audio source whenever you need it.” Additionally, when you need to have a face-to-face conversation in a loud place, you can turn on the Live Listen feature and place your iPhone in front of the person you’re talking with. With Live Listen, one can use the phone’s microphone to hear the person speaking loud and clear.
The made for iPhone hearing aids available now include Audibel’s A3i, Audigy’s AGXsp, Beltone’s Beltone First, MicroTech’s Kinnect, NuEar’s iSDS, ReSound’s ReSound LiNX, and Starkey’s Halo. Choosing the right made for iPhone hearing aid can take some research and the assistance of a hearing care specialist. The unique features and abilities of each vary. As an example, Audibel’s A3i’s proclaims “advanced noise reduction technology and a precise directional microphone”. If you’re the forgetful type, Audigy’s AGXsp boasts a GPS feature to help you find your hearing aids. Compatible with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices, the MicroTech’s Kinnect is extremely versatile. NuEar’s iSDS’s “patented technology replicates high-frequency sounds (like women’s and children’s voices) in lower frequencies where they’re easier to hear and understand.” Last of all, Starkey’s Halo’s “industry-leading feedback canceller provides feedback-free and comfortable listening all day long.”
If this all seems overwhelming, don’t worry. Your hearing care specialist will guide you as to what brand and model is best for you.