Picture being able to adjust the volume, treble, and bass on your hearing aids as discretely and effortlessly 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 changing the way they engage with their hearing aids.
With Apple’s most personal gadget to date, you can now leave behind 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 accessed from a software program within the watch—meaning you’ll never have to touch your hearing aids or endlessly fumble through your phone again.
Here are 10 cool things you can do with your Apple Watch and compatible hearing aids.
1. Abandon the hearing aid remote control
The dilemma with contemporary hearing aids is that as they come to be smaller, more effective, and furnished with more features, they become more difficult to handle. This makes a remote control a requirement, but who wants to lug around yet another device?
Even utilizing your cell phone as the remote control can get tiring, but with the Apple Watch, if you want to alter 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 subtly 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 produce the ideal sound quality in any hearing situation.
3. Mute your hearing aids
Scenarios arise when you don’t want to amplify sound, and with the Apple Watch, you can turn off the hearing aids with the push of a button.
Although we don’t encourage using this functionality on your spouse.
4. Create and save custom sound settings
Having a conversation in a 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 enhance sounds with respect to the environment.
With the Apple Watch, you can effortlessly access and switch among presets, varying settings on the fly depending on your location. And as you make your changes, if there is a specific setting that works especially well, you can save the setting, label it, and access it later.
5. Stream music and phone calls
You’re out for a walk and you want to listen to your favorite music album. That would generally require you to remove your hearing aids, but with Apple Watch, you can stream music wirelessly from the watch to your hearing aids. In this manner, your hearing aids have the double purpose of a sound amplification device and a set of high-quality earbuds.
You can also very easily answer or forward phone calls right from the watch, as the audio is sent wirelessly to your hearing aids just like the music.
6. Find your lost hearing aids
We all lose valuable things, like our car keys, and we use up a great deal of time attempting to find them. But when we lose our hearing aids, it’s not only inconvenient—we risk harming the device that links us to sound, which can be scary.
Using the Apple Watch, if you lose your hearing aids, you can swiftly find them as the watch can detect their location and present it on a map.
7. Concentrate on speech and filter out background noise
Most digital hearing aids feature directional microphones and other background-noise eliminating functionality. With the Apple Watch, you have continuous access to these capabilities, with the ability to narrow the focus in a noisy room, for instance, by tuning in 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 stuck without audio. You can readily observe 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 look that way to the people around you. The Apple Watch, together with a completely-in-the-ear-canal hearing aid, will be entirely out of sight. And when you’re adjusting your hearing aid settings on your watch, people will think you’re checking the time.
10. Regulate 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 modified to complement the frequency of your tinnitus—all from the Apple Watch.
Tailor your hearing experience
While the Apple Watch is not compatible with every type of hearing aid, several hearing aid models currently are, and we anticipate more models to be designed in the near future. The Apple Watch is the perfect answer to several of the issues expressed by our patients and allows for a level of interaction and control like never before.
Contact us today to find out more about this extraordinary technology.
Do you own an Apple Watch? Do you use it to control your hearing aids? Let us know about your experience in a comment.