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 situation 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 gadget 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 controls and settings can be easily accessed from a software program within the watch—meaning you’ll never have to touch your hearing aids or constantly fumble through your cell phone again.
Here are 10 cool things you can do with your Apple Watch and compatible hearing aids.
1. Ditch the hearing aid remote control
The dilemma with modern hearing aids is that as they become smaller, more efficient, and furnished with more capabilities, they become more difficult to handle. This makes a remote control a necessity, but who wants to haul around yet another device?
Even utilizing your cell phone as the remote control can get monotonous, 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. Easily adjust the volume, treble, and bass
Need the hearing aid volume adjusted? No problem, just subtly raise your wrist, tap the hearing aid application on the watch, and swipe your finger to modify the volume control slider. You can also quickly fine-tune the treble and bass to build the best sound quality in any hearing scenario.
3. Mute your hearing aids
Situations 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 suggest 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 a quiet conversation at home; that’s why hearing aids have what are referred to as “environmental presets,” or settings that amplify sounds with respect to the environment.
With the Apple Watch, you can easily access and switch between presets, modifying settings on the fly depending on your location. And as you render your modifications, if there is a particular setting that works particularly well, you can save the setting, label it, and access it in the future.
5. Stream music and phone calls
You’re out for a run and you want to listen to your favorite album. That would in general call for 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 regard, your hearing aids have the twin purpose of a sound amplification device and a set of high-quality earphones.
You can also effortlessly answer or forward phone calls straight from the watch, as the audio is delivered wirelessly to your hearing aids just like the music.
6. Find your missing hearing aids
We all lose valuable things, like our car keys, and we waste a great deal of time trying to find them. But when we lose our hearing aids, it’s not only inconvenient—we risk breaking the mechanism that links us to sound, which can be scary.
With the Apple Watch, if you misplace your hearing aids, you can promptly track them down as the watch can detect their location and render it on a map.
7. Concentrate on speech and filter out background noise
Most digital hearing aids include directional microphones and other background-noise canceling capabilities. With the Apple Watch, you have access to these capabilities on the fly, with the ability to narrow the focus in a noisy room, for instance, by listening to the person you’re conversing 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 readily track 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 right hearing aid, it will seem that way to the people around you. The Apple Watch, along with a completely-in-the-ear-canal hearing aid, will be totally out of view. And when you’re changing your hearing aid settings on your watch, people will think you’re checking the time.
10. Manage your tinnitus
Sound therapy in the form of music, white noise, or nature sounds can be streamed wirelessly to your hearing aids, and the sounds can be adapted to match the frequency of your tinnitus—all from the Apple Watch.
Customize your hearing experience
Although the Apple Watch is not compatible with every type of hearing aid, several hearing aid models currently are, and we expect additional models to be developed in the future. The Apple Watch is the optimal solution to several of the concerns conveyed by our patients and provides a degree of interaction and control like never before.
Give us a call today to find out more about this amazing technology.
Do you have an Apple Watch? Do you use it to control your hearing aids? Tell us about your experience in a comment.