Picture being able to adjust 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 listening 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 engage with their hearing aids.
With Apple’s most personal gadget 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 controls and settings can be easily accessed from a software program within the watch—meaning you’ll never have to touch your hearing aids or constantly 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 dilemma with modern hearing aids is that as they become smaller, more powerful, and furnished with more features, they become more difficult to handle. This makes a remote control a requirement, but who wants to carry around yet another device?
Even utilizing your cell phone as the remote control can get tedious, but with the Apple Watch, if you want to change a setting, you just raise your wrist. It can’t get any simpler than that.
2. Easily adjust the volume, treble, and bass
Need the hearing aid volume adjusted? No problem, just discreetly raise your wrist, tap the hearing aid app on the watch, and swipe your finger to adjust the volume control slider. You can also quickly fine-tune the treble and bass to create the perfect sound quality in any hearing situation.
3. Mute your hearing aids
Situations occur when you don’t want to amplify sound, and with the Apple Watch, you can turn off the hearing aids with the press of a button.
Although we don’t suggest using this feature on your spouse.
4. Create and save custom sound settings
Having a conversation in a busy restaurant is very different than having one 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 among presets, shifting settings on the fly depending on where you are. And as you make your modifications, if there is a particular setting that works especially well, you can save the setting, name it, and access it later.
5. Stream music and phone calls
You’re out for a walk and you want to listen to your favorite music album. That would typically require you to remove your hearing aids, but with Apple Watch, you can stream music wirelessly from the watch to your hearing aids. In this manner, your hearing aids have the twin purpose of a sound amplification device and a set of high-quality headsets.
You can also very easily answer or forward phone calls right from the watch, as the audio is transmitted wirelessly to your hearing aids just like the music.
6. Find your lost hearing aids
We all lose important things, like our car keys, and we use up a great deal of time trying to find them. But when we misplace our hearing aids, it’s not only inconvenient—we risk damaging the device that connects us to sound, which can be distressing.
Using the Apple Watch, if you misplace your hearing aids, you can immediately find them as the watch can detect their location and render it on a map.
7. Concentrate on speech and block out background noise
Most digital hearing aids include directional microphones and other background-noise eliminating functions. With the Apple Watch, you have access to these capabilities on the fly, with the capacity to narrow the focus in a noisy room, for example, by listening to the person you’re speaking with while filtering the background noise.
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 keep track of your hearing aid battery life right on the Apple Watch.
9. Make your hearing aids invisible
You can’t actually make your hearing aids invisible with the Apple Watch, but with the proper hearing aid, it will seem that way to those around you. The Apple Watch, together with a completely-in-the-ear-canal hearing aid, will be fully out of view. And when you’re fine-tuning your hearing aid settings on your watch, people will think you’re checking the time.
10. Regulate your tinnitus
Sound therapy in the form of music, white noise, or nature sounds can be streamed wirelessly to your hearing aids, and the sounds can be adjusted to complement 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 more models to be produced in the future. The Apple Watch is the ultimate resolution to several of the issues expressed by our patients and enables a degree of interaction and control like never before.
Contact us today to find out more about this extraordinary technology.
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