There’s An App For That: New Ways To Connect To Your Hearing Aids
In a world where we are more connected than ever to our smartphones, it makes sense that we can integrate smartphone technology with our hearing aids. For years, hearing aids have been made fully customized to user preferences by the use of remote controls. Some are hand-held and fit into a pocket or purse, while others require a lariat worn around the neck to connect to the remote.
So why carry or wear a remote control when we can instead download an app onto our smartphone from the App Store or Google Play?
Several hearing aid manufacturers have developed apps as remote controls for their amplification systems. Of the companies currently leading the field, impressive results have been demonstrated with high levels of satisfaction and reported ease of use by the end user.
For example, Halo is one of several systems available with the TRULINK app, which connects to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod via Bluetooth. The app is easy to navigate and offers many features and options including answering your phone calls with the touch of a finger. Conversations are wirelessly streamed directly into your Halo hearing system, making it hands free. There are also remote control features to change volume and access special preset memories customized for your particular lifestyle to assist with challenging listening environments. There are many handy features, and you can even have Apple’s Siri read your texts and emails directly into your Halo hearing aids!
This is an exciting time as smartphones are being integrated with our hearing aids, and our hearing care team is all fully knowledgeable to fill you in on the details of this great new technology.