Imagine being able to manipulate 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 listening 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 redefining the way they engage with their hearing aids.
With Apple’s most personal product 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 modifications and settings can be easily accessed from an application within the watch—meaning you’ll never have to touch your hearing aids or habitually fumble through your cell 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 become smaller, more efficient, and armed 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 using your cell phone as the remote control can get monotonous, but with the Apple Watch, if you want to change 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 application 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 ideal sound quality in any listening environment.
3. Mute your hearing aids
Situations occur 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 endorse using this feature 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 called “environmental presets,” or settings that enhance sounds in accordance to the environment.
With the Apple Watch, you can easily access and switch among presets, changing settings on the fly depending on your location. And as you render your adjustments, if there is a particular 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 jog and you want to play your favorite music album. That would normally 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 regard, your hearing aids have the dual function of a sound amplification device and a pair of high-quality headphones.
You can also easily answer or forward phone calls right from the watch, as the audio is transmitted wirelessly to your hearing aids not unlike the music.
6. Find your misplaced hearing aids
We all lose important things, like our car keys, and we waste a lot of time attempting to find them. But when we misplace our hearing aids, it’s not only inconvenient—we risk ruining the gadget that connects us to sound, which can be scary.
Using the Apple Watch, if you misplace your hearing aids, you can instantly track them down as the watch can identify their location and render it on a map.
7. Focus on speech and block out background noise
Most digital hearing aids have directional microphones and other background-noise canceling capacities. With the Apple Watch, you have access to these features on the fly, with the ability to narrow the focus in a noisy room, for example, by tuning in to the person you’re speaking with while blocking the background chatter.
8. View your battery and connection status
You no longer need to worry about running out of battery power and being stuck without sound. You can conveniently monitor 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 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 completely out of view. And when you’re adjusting your hearing aid settings on your watch, people will think you’re checking the time.
10. Control 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 adapted to match the frequency of your tinnitus—all from the Apple Watch.
Individualize 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 launched in the future. The Apple Watch is the optimal remedy to many of the issues conveyed by our patients and provides a degree of interaction and control like never before.
Call us today to learn more about this incredible technology.
Do you own an Apple Watch? Do you use it to control your hearing aids? Tell us about your experience in a comment.