Among smartphones, the iPhone stands out as an innovation leader. One of Apple’s latest innovations is collaborating with hearing aid manufacturers to create iPhone software and apps that work together with certain hearing aid models. These devices are named made for iPhone hearing aids. With made for iPhone hearing aids, users are able to adjust the device from an app on their iPhones. In addition, the iPhone delivers incoming audio such as phone calls and music or Siri’s responses right to the user’s hearing aid. 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. According to Apple, “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.” Made for iPhone hearing aids also allow the user to utilize the Live Listen feature for face-to-face conversations in noisy places. Users simply hold the phone up to the person speaking, and the microphone delivers the sound to the hearing aids.
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. Of course, the right hearing aid for you will take a little time and research. A hearing specialist will be able to guide you in the process. The unique features and abilities of each vary. For example, Audibel’s A3i’s boasts “advanced noise reduction technology and a precise directional microphone”. Audigy’s AGXsp offers a GPS feature that allows you to find your hearing aids if you misplace them. The MicroTech’s Kinnect is compatible with your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices and easily streams music, Facetime phone calls, and much more. 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.” Lastly, 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.