Picture being able to fine-tune the volume, treble, and bass on your hearing aids as discretely and effortlessly as checking the time on your wrist. Or picture fine-tuning your hearing aids for any hearing situation without ever having to touch your hearing aids.
Sound too good to be true? A couple of years ago, it was; but with the Apple Watch, hearing aid users are changing the way they interact with their hearing aids.
With Apple’s most personal device 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 accessed from a software program within the watch—meaning you’ll never have to touch your hearing aids or constantly fumble through your 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 come to be smaller, more effective, and equipped with more capabilities, they become harder to handle. This makes a remote control a must, 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 modify a setting, you just lift 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 inconspicuously raise your wrist, tap the hearing aid application on the watch, and swipe your finger to adjust the volume control slider. You can also easily fine-tune the treble and bass to produce the perfect sound quality in any listening scenario.
3. Mute your hearing aids
Circumstances arise 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 endorse using this functionality on your spouse.
4. Create and save custom sound settings
Having a conversation in a busy restaurant is very different than having a quiet conversation at home; that’s why hearing aids have what are known as “environmental presets,” or settings that amplify sounds according to the environment.
With the Apple Watch, you can conveniently access and change between presets, modifying settings on the fly depending on where you are. And as you make your changes, if there is a unique setting that works particularly well, you can save the setting, name it, and access it later.
5. Stream music and phone calls
You’re out for a run and you want to play your favorite album. That would in general 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 dual purpose of a sound amplification device and a set of high-quality headsets.
Additionally, you can effortlessly answer or forward phone calls right from the watch, as the audio is directed wirelessly to your hearing aids not unlike the music.
6. Find your missing hearing aids
We all lose important things, like our car keys, and we waste a lot of time trying to find them. But when we misplace our hearing aids, it’s not only inconvenient—we risk ruining the device that links us to sound, which can be scary.
With the Apple Watch, if you misplace your hearing aids, you can expediently find them as the watch can detect their specific location and display it on a map.
7. Focus on speech and block out background noise
Most digital hearing aids feature directional microphones and other background-noise canceling functions. 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 example, by tuning in 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 stuck without audio. You can readily keep tabs on 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 right hearing aid, it will seem that way to those around you. The Apple Watch, in combination with a completely-in-the-ear-canal hearing aid, will be completely out of view. And when you’re fine-tuning 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 white noise, music, or nature sounds can be streamed wirelessly to your hearing aids, and the sounds can be adjusted to match up with the frequency of your tinnitus—all from the Apple Watch.
Customize 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 perfect resolution to many of the issues conveyed by our patients and allows for a level of interaction and control like never before.
Contact us today to find out more about this incredible 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.