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 imagine 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 users are redefining the way they engage with their hearing aids.
With Apple’s most personal product 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 easily 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. Forget the hearing aid remote control
The dilemma with contemporary hearing aids is that as they come to be smaller, more effective, and loaded with more capabilities, they become harder to handle. This makes a remote control a requirement, but who wants to haul around yet another device?
Even using your cell phone as the remote control can get tedious, but with the Apple Watch, if you want to revise a setting, you just raise your wrist. It can’t get any easier 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 quickly fine-tune the treble and bass to build the ideal sound quality in any listening scenario.
3. Mute your hearing aids
Scenarios 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 encourage using this functionality on your spouse.
4. Create and save custom sound settings
Having a discussion 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 amplify sounds in accordance to the environment.
With the Apple Watch, you can conveniently access and change among presets, switching settings on the fly depending on your location. And as you render your adjustments, if there is a specific setting that works particularly well, you can save the setting, name it, and access it in the future.
5. Stream music and phone calls
You’re out for a walk and you want to play your favorite music album. That would ordinarily require you to take out your hearing aids, but with Apple Watch, you can stream music wirelessly from the watch to your hearing aids. In this way, your hearing aids have the twin function of a sound amplification device and a pair of high-quality earphones.
You can also easily answer or forward phone calls straight from the watch, as the audio is transferred 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 lot of time trying to find them. But when we lose our hearing aids, it’s not only inconvenient—we risk ruining the mechanism that connects us to sound, which can be distressing.
Using the Apple Watch, if you lose your hearing aids, you can rapidly find them as the watch can pin point their location and display it on a map.
7. Focus on speech and block out background noise
Most digital hearing aids contain directional microphones and other background-noise canceling capability. With the Apple Watch, you have access to these features on the fly, with the capacity to narrow the focus in a busy room, for example, by listening to the person you’re conversing with while filtering 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 sound. You can readily monitor your hearing aid battery life right 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 appropriate hearing aid, it will appear that way to the people around you. The Apple Watch, together with a completely-in-the-ear-canal hearing aid, will be completely out of sight. And when you’re modifying your hearing aid controls on your watch, people will think you’re checking the time.
10. Manage 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 altered to accommodate the frequency of your tinnitus—all from the Apple Watch.
Tailor your hearing experience
While the Apple Watch is not compatible with all types of hearing aid, a number of hearing aid models currently are, and we expect more models to be designed in the future. The Apple Watch is the ultimate answer to several of the problems conveyed by our patients and enables a degree of interaction and control like never before.
Call us today to find out more about this incredible technology.
Do you have an Apple Watch? Do you use it to control your hearing aids? Tell us about your experience in a comment.