Cedar Audiology Associates - Cleveland, OH
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Just imagine being able to adjust the volume, treble, and bass on your hearing aids as discretely and effortlessly as checking the time on your wrist. Or picture 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 owners are changing the way they engage with their hearing aids.

With Apple’s most personal device 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 accessed from an application 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 modern hearing aids is that as they become smaller, more effective, and armed with more features, they become harder to handle. This makes a remote control a requirement, but who wants to haul 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 alter a setting, you just lift your wrist. It can’t get any easier than that.

2. Easily 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 produce the perfect sound quality in any listening scenario.

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 endorse using this functionality on your spouse.

4. Create and save custom sound settings

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

With the Apple Watch, you can effortlessly access and switch among presets, switching settings on the fly depending on where you are. And as you make your modifications, if there is a unique 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 listen to 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 way, your hearing aids have the double function of a sound amplification device and a pair of high-quality headphones.

Additionally, you can effortlessly answer or forward phone calls straight from the watch, as the audio is delivered 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 use up a lot of time attempting to find them. But when we misplace our hearing aids, it’s not only inconvenient—we risk ruining the device that connects us to sound, which can be distressing.

Using the Apple Watch, if you lose your hearing aids, you can swiftly track them down as the watch can pin point their specific location and display it on a map.

7. Focus on speech and filter background noise

Most digital hearing aids have directional microphones and other background-noise eliminating capability. With the Apple Watch, you have access to these features on the fly, with the capacity to narrow the focus in a noisy room, for example, by tuning in to the person you’re speaking with while filtering the background noise.

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 track your hearing aid battery life directly on the Apple Watch.

9. Make your hearing aids invisible

You can’t literally 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 completely out of view. And when you’re modifying your hearing aid controls 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 fit the frequency of your tinnitus—all from the Apple Watch.

Personalize your hearing experience

Although the Apple Watch is not compatible with all types of hearing aid, several hearing aid models currently are, and we anticipate more models to be developed in the near future. The Apple Watch is the optimal remedy to several of the concerns expressed by our patients and provides a degree of interaction and control like never before.

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

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