Posted on Tuesday, October 21, 2014

iPhone: The Next Big Thing in Hearing Aids

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are the new big things in hearing aids.

The recent release of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus has created a fury amongst consumers attracted by the apps, camera, and style. People with hearing loss are no exception. That's why hearing aid manufacturers like Oticon and ReSound are going out of their way to create hearing aid products that have iPhone connectivity.

The iPhone boasts many features that have long attracted buyers, including FaceTime, a great camera, and thousands of apps, including Apple Pay--a way to pay for things by using your phone and without taking out your credit card. People who have hearing loss can face challenges when using some of today's advanced technology. That’s why equal access is such an important issue for hard of hearing individuals. Apple has done a few key things in order to make their products more accessible to people with hearing loss, and hearing aid manufacturers have also created some great options for connectivity.

Oticon Streamer Pro: According to the manufacturer's website Oticon hearing aids can be connected directly to your iPhone through the, "Oticon ConnectLine App. The small and discreet Streamer Pro is worn around the neck and acts as an intermediary device to connect Bluetooth-enabled devices to Oticon hearing instruments. The upgraded Streamer Pro and ConnectLine App work with all Oticon wireless hearing aids purchased since 2007, the year the company first launched a wireless solution." This is good news for people who already have their hearing aids and want to be able to connect to their iPhone, but for those who are in the market for a new hearing aid, you might want to consider the Resound LiNX.

ReSound’s LiNX: LiNX integrates the exciting offerings of technology applications like Facetime, wireless streaming apps, and more with their amazing sound quality. This pairing with technology expands the hearing aids features by allowing it to use apps to accomplish more. For example, paired with an iPhone and using a specific app, the LiNX hearing aid has the ability to become an assistive listening device (ALD). ALDs are used in noisy background environments to make it easier for someone to hear what is being said by filtering out the unwanted noises. ALDs have been used by people with or without hearing loss, because all levels of hearing can have difficulty listening in these type of noisy environments. In the past, someone with hearing loss who wanted to use an ALD would need to purchase extra equipment.

Below is a video showing just how easy it is to pair your iPhone with your LiNX hearing aid.

If you'd like to learn more, see your hearing health provider. If you need help finding a hearing health provider click HERE to be connected with the largest network of trusted hearing health professionals in the nation!

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