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Hearing Aids and Smart Phones

If you look in your pocket, in your purse, on your table, or maybe even right in your hand, there is a pretty good chance you’re going to find a smartphone somewhere nearby. What began as a gadget for the young, tech-savvy crowd has now filtered throughout the whole population as more and more Americans are taking advantage of the myriad of uses for a smartphone.

This widespread acceptance of smartphones has encouraged many companies and software developers to create applications (apps) for just about every use that you can imagine. Whether you want to measure your heart rate or play a game of virtual tennis, check a sale price at a department store or look up reviews for a new restaurant, there is a smartphone app out there to help you do it.

smartphone hearing aid technology, man with phoneWith the incredible advances in hearing aid technology in recent years, it should come as no surprise that many hearing aid manufacturers have also released apps to help users make the most of their hearing aids’ features.

ReSound has released the ReSound Control App, which works with both iPhones and Android phones. The ReSound Control App works with a few of ReSound's hearing aids, and it enables the user to adjust the volume to one or both of the hearing aids, change program settings, and adjust the volume of any wirelessly-streamed audio, such as from an mp3 player or television.

The Siemens miniTek Remote App has a similar set of features, and works with all Siemens wireless hearing aids. The miniTek Remote App is only compatible with Android smartphones. With both of these apps, the app itself is free, but a separate bluetooth accessory is required to be able to connect wirelessly with your hearing aids.

For those who are tired of fidgeting with small hearing aid buttons, or those who have already incorporated the use of a smartphone into their life, the sleek functionality of these apps can be a welcome alternative to having to change all of these settings on the hearing aid itself.

lady with smartphone for hearing aidsKeep in mind that features like these are only available with hearing aids that have wireless technology built into them. This is certainly something to consider if you’re thinking about purchasing hearing aids for the first time, or if you may need to upgrade your hearing aids in the near future. For more information about the latest technology available in hearing aids, please contact a HearingPlanet Hearing Consultant at 1-800-432-7669.