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10 Ways to Control Your Hearing Aids With the Apple Watch

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Just imagine being able to fine-tune 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 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 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 adjustments and settings can be easily accessed from an application within the watch—meaning you’ll never have to touch your hearing aids or endlessly fumble through your cell phone again.

Here are 10 cool things you can do with your Apple Watch and compatible hearing aids.

1. Forget the hearing aid remote control

The dilemma with contemporary hearing aids is that as they come to be smaller, more effective, and loaded with more features, they become harder to handle. This makes a remote control a necessity, 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 revise a setting, you just lift 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 inconspicuously raise your wrist, tap the hearing aid app on the watch, and swipe your finger to modify the volume control slider. You can also quickly fine-tune the treble and bass to create the perfect sound quality in any hearing scenario.

3. Mute your hearing aids

Scenarios 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 endorse using this functionality on your spouse.

4. Create and save custom sound settings

Having a discussion in a restaurant is very different than having one at home; that’s why hearing aids have what are known as “environmental presets,” or settings that enhance sounds with respect to the environment.

With the Apple Watch, you can easily access and switch between presets, adjusting settings on the fly depending on where you are. And as you render your adjustments, if there is a particular setting that works especially well, you can save the setting, name 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 album. That would generally call for you to remove your hearing aids, but with Apple Watch, you can stream music wirelessly from the watch to your hearing aids. In this way, your hearing aids have the twin purpose of a sound amplification device and a set of high-quality earbuds.

You can also very easily answer or forward phone calls straight from the watch, as the audio is transferred wirelessly to your hearing aids not unlike the music.

6. Find your lost hearing aids

We all lose valuable things, like our car keys, and we waste a great deal of time attempting to find them. But when we misplace our hearing aids, it’s not only inconvenient—we risk harming the gadget that connects us to sound, which can be distressing.

With the Apple Watch, if you lose your hearing aids, you can promptly find them as the watch can identify their location and display it on a map.

7. Concentrate on speech and filter out background noise

Most digital hearing aids include directional microphones and other background-noise eliminating capabilities. With the Apple Watch, you have access to these features on the fly, with the capacity to narrow the focus in a busy room, for example, by tuning in to the person you’re talking to 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 effortlessly observe your hearing aid battery life directly on the Apple Watch.

9. Make your hearing aids invisible

You can’t really make your hearing aids invisible with the Apple Watch, but with the proper hearing aid, it will appear that way to those around you. The Apple Watch, when combined with a completely-in-the-ear-canal hearing aid, will be completely out of view. And when you’re altering 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 music, white noise, or nature sounds can be streamed wirelessly to your hearing aids, and the sounds can be adjusted to match the frequency of your tinnitus—all from the Apple Watch.

Tailor 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 additional models to be launched in the near future. The Apple Watch is the perfect answer to many of the problems expressed by our patients and enables a level of interaction and control like never before.

Contact us today to find out more about this extraordinary technology.

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