Just imagine being able to manipulate the volume, treble, and bass on your hearing aids as discretely and easily 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 owners are changing the way they engage with their hearing aids.
With Apple’s most personal device to date, you can now leave 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 accessed from a software program within the watch—meaning you’ll never have to touch your hearing aids or habitually fumble through your cell phone again.
Here are 10 cool things you can do with your Apple Watch and compatible hearing aids.
1. Abandon the hearing aid remote control
The problem with contemporary hearing aids is that as they come to be smaller, more efficient, and equipped with more capabilities, they become more difficult to handle. This makes a remote control a necessity, 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. Effortlessly adjust the volume, treble, and bass
Need the hearing aid volume adjusted? No problem, just inconspicuously lift your wrist, tap the hearing aid app on the watch, and swipe your finger to adjust the volume control slider. You can also easily fine-tune the treble and bass to build the best sound quality in any hearing scenario.
3. Mute your hearing aids
Circumstances 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 advocate using this functionality 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 referred to as “environmental presets,” or settings that enhance sounds according to the environment.
With the Apple Watch, you can easily access and change among presets, adjusting settings on the fly depending on where you are. And as you render your adjustments, if there is a particular setting that works particularly well, you can save the setting, label it, and access it at a later time.
5. Stream music and phone calls
You’re out for a run and you want to listen to your favorite album. That would ordinarily 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 double purpose of a sound amplification device and a set of high-quality headphones.
You can also very easily answer or forward phone calls right from the watch, as the audio is sent wirelessly to your hearing aids just like the music.
6. Find your lost hearing aids
We all lose valuable things, like our car keys, and we use up a lot of time trying to find them. But when we misplace our hearing aids, it’s not only inconvenient—we risk harming the gadget that connects us to sound, which can be distressing.
With the Apple Watch, if you lose your hearing aids, you can quickly track them down as the watch can pin point their location and render it on a map.
7. Concentrate on speech and filter background noise
Most digital hearing aids contain directional microphones and other background-noise canceling capacities. With the Apple Watch, you have continuous access to these capabilities, with the ability to narrow the focus in a noisy room, for example, by tuning in to the person you’re speaking with while blocking the background chatter.
8. View your battery and connection status
You no longer have to worry about running out of battery power and being stranded without audio. You can easily observe your hearing aid battery life directly on the Apple Watch.
9. Make your hearing aids invisible
You can’t literally 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, when combined with a completely-in-the-ear-canal hearing aid, will be fully out of view. And when you’re changing your hearing aid settings 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 accommodate the frequency of your tinnitus—all from the Apple Watch.
Personalize your hearing experience
While the Apple Watch is not compatible with every type of hearing aid, a number of hearing aid models currently are, and we expect additional models to be produced in the near future. The Apple Watch is the perfect answer to several of the concerns conveyed by our patients and permits a level of interaction and control like never before.
Give us a call today to find out more about this phenomenal technology.
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