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10 Ways to Control Your Hearing Aids With the Apple Watch

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Picture being able to regulate 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 environment 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 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 problem with contemporary hearing aids is that as they become smaller, more powerful, and loaded with more features, they become more difficult to handle. This makes a remote control a requirement, but who wants to lug around yet another device?

Even using your cell phone as the remote control can get tedious, but with the Apple Watch, if you want to adjust 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 subtly 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 hearing situation.

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 advocate using this functionality on your spouse.

4. Create and save custom sound settings

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

With the Apple Watch, you can effortlessly access and switch between presets, shifting settings on the fly depending on where you are. And as you render your adjustments, if there is a unique setting that works particularly well, you can save the setting, name it, and access it in the future.

5. Stream music and phone calls

You’re out for a jog and you want to play your favorite album. That would ordinarily call for you to take out 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 double purpose of a sound amplification device and a pair of high-quality earbuds.

Additionally, you can effortlessly answer or forward phone calls right from the watch, as the audio is delivered wirelessly to your hearing aids just like the music.

6. Find your misplaced hearing aids

We all lose valuable things, like our car keys, and we use up a great deal of time trying to find them. But when we misplace our hearing aids, it’s not only inconvenient—we risk breaking the device that links us to sound, which can be scary.

With the Apple Watch, if you misplace your hearing aids, you can quickly track them down as the watch can detect their location and display it on a map.

7. Concentrate on speech and filter background noise

Most digital hearing aids include 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 busy room, for example, by listening to the person you’re talking to while filtering the background chatter.

8. View your battery and connection status

You no longer need to stress about running out of battery power and being stranded without sound. 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 appropriate hearing aid, it will look that way to those around you. The Apple Watch, together with a completely-in-the-ear-canal hearing aid, will be totally out of view. And when you’re altering 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 modified to match up with the frequency of your tinnitus—all from the Apple Watch.

Customize 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 developed in the future. The Apple Watch is the perfect resolution to many of the concerns conveyed by our patients and enables a level of interaction and control like never before.

Call us today to learn more about this incredible technology.

Do you have an Apple Watch? Do you use it to control your hearing aids? Let us know about your experience in a comment.

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