Cell phones are quickly taking the place of hearing aid devices as the primary means for helping people with hearing impairment. More companies have begun to use technology in cell phones to meet the needs of people who used only hearing aids before. In fact many of the greatest leaps in technology for hearing impaired individuals have been in cell phones. The new technologies are changing the way that people with hearing impairment approach the world in terms of their safety and daily lives.
Technological advancements in cell phones
There have been many advancements in the way that hardware and software in cell phones have helped people with hearing impairment. All of these changes have been made with the hearing impaired community in mind, allowing them of larger range of accessibility with their cell phone. Many modern cell phones come equipped with a telecoil. A telecoil, when used in conjunction with a cell phone, can convert magnetic signals within a cell phone into sound signals that can be interpreted through a hearing aid. T3 and T4 telecoils are now common in all new cell phones making it possible for people with hearing loss to use their cell phones and hearing aids at the same time.
Smart phones – the future technology
Generally speaking, smartphones have superior technology to their non-smart counterparts. However like regular cell phones, smartphones often come with telecoils built into them. Static and noise canceling technology is also being integrated into the latest models of smartphones. People using a hearing aid along with their cell phone are now able to experience halls that do not have feedback or static. When buying a smart phone, individuals with hearing loss can refer to the hearing aid capacity, or HAC, which works as a rating system for hearing devices and their ability to function alongside a smartphone.
Since smartphones have the ability to run applications people with hearing impairment can find many apps that will help them about their daily lives. There are apps that can help find subtitles for movies or TV shows and even apps that can use lights and vibrations to get the attention of hearing aid users with their cell phones. This allows somebody with hearing impairments to use your device to help their overall awareness when they are getting incoming calls or texts. These are just some of the ways that modern cell phones are helping people with hearing impairment revolutionize the way they approach technology. With more emphasis being placed on user interface, cell phones will continue to revolutionize the realm of hearing aids.