Picture 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 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 owners are redefining the way they engage with their hearing aids.
With Apple’s most personal product 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 controls 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 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 problem with modern hearing aids is that as they become smaller, more powerful, and equipped with more capabilities, they become harder to handle. This makes a remote control a requirement, but who wants to carry around yet another device?
Even using your cell phone as the remote control can get tiring, but with the Apple Watch, if you want to revise a setting, you just raise 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 subtly lift 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 build the best sound quality in any hearing scenario.
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 press of a button.
Although we don’t endorse using this feature 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 termed “environmental presets,” or settings that enhance sounds with respect to the environment.
With the Apple Watch, you can easily access and change between presets, shifting settings on the fly depending on where you are. And as you render your adjustments, if there is a specific setting that works especially well, you can save the setting, label it, and access it later.
5. Stream music and phone calls
You’re out for a run and you want to listen to your favorite music album. That would ordinarily 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 way, your hearing aids have the twin function of a sound amplification device and a set of high-quality earbuds.
Additionally, you can easily answer or forward phone calls right from the watch, as the audio is sent wirelessly to your hearing aids not unlike the music.
6. Find your missing hearing aids
We all lose valuable things, like our car keys, and we waste a great deal of time trying to find them. But when we misplace our hearing aids, it’s not only inconvenient—we risk damaging the mechanism that links us to sound, which can be distressing.
With the Apple Watch, if you misplace your hearing aids, you can immediately find them as the watch can detect their location and render 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 functionality. With the Apple Watch, you have access to these features on the fly, with the ability to narrow the focus in a hectic room, for example, by listening 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 sound. You can readily track 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, along with a completely-in-the-ear-canal hearing aid, will be entirely out of view. And when you’re changing your hearing aid controls 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 modified to fit the frequency of your tinnitus—all from the Apple Watch.
Personalize your hearing experience
Although the Apple Watch is not compatible with every type of hearing aid, several hearing aid models currently are, and we anticipate additional models to be launched in the future. The Apple Watch is the perfect answer to many of the problems expressed by our patients and provides for a degree of interaction and control like never before.
Call us today to learn more about this impressive technology.
Do you have an Apple Watch? Do you use it to control your hearing aids? Tell us about your experience in a comment.