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Best Hearing Aid Apps for Your Smartphone

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You can do so much with apps, from controlling your home security, washing machine, lights and so much more. With the help of a smartphone, you can use apps to help improve the performance of your hearing aids.

Hearing aids are electronic devices that you wear on your body, and they make sounds louder for you without changing how they sound to other people. Those who use hearing aids also want the convenience of adapting or controlling the features and settings to their changing needs.  Apps choice depends on:

  • Your preferences
  • The extent of hearing loss
  • The audiologist’s recommendations
  • Lifestyle demands, including environmental factors

When searching for the best hearing aids for your smartphone, here are some of the top features and considerations you should prioritize. 

Ability to Automatically Adjust the Hearing Aids

An audiologist probably explained to you how to adjust the hearing aids to suit different environments and situations. It involves changing the volume to suit your preferences, filtering noise, and playing around with treble, bass and other sound features that you think you will need.

When using an app to communicate with your hearing aids, you control the features and settings through a smartphone app. 

You don't have to remove the device and press the adjustment buttons every time to change a setting. Controlling this from your phone makes it so much easier. What should you look for?

An App that Allows You to Stream Your Favorite Sound Files

Hearing loss happens gradually, leading to difficulty understanding conversations, especially if there is background noise. This is why it is essential to have sound files that help you hear the voice of someone talking, even if there are many distractions. It's helpful in your work or studies to have an app that will allow you to stream the recognized sound file from your device.

Ability to Check the Device Status

You don't always have to take the device to the audiologist for a checkup with some hearing aids apps. You quickly learn when it's due for service, the battery needs recharging or replacement and other vital issues.

When you're in the know, you maintain the device in good working conditions, minimizing the risk of malfunction that can affect your hearing. Apps also help you stay in touch with manufacturers' recommendations on the use of your device. You have access to them any time you need assistance.

Hearing aids apps help those who use hearing aids, and their family members and caregivers stay organized. They receive notifications on important updates, reminders for checkups, new settings and even appointment reschedule when needed. 

An app that Offers Better Access to Audio Sources

Apps enable you to connect to music and other audio files directly. You can instantly stream your favorite music from your device to the hearing aid. It allows you to listen through the device even when other people in the house are listening to the same music.

In case of an emergency or when you have a video chat that needs sound, most apps let you stream sound from a microphone with outstanding clarity and comfort.

Before settling on the apps to use, consider your hearing aid requirement. Account your hearing aid type, then look for apps that work best with it. Make sure to utilize the audiologist's expert recommendations. Types of hearing aids include:

In-the-ear (ITE) Hearing Aids

ITE hearing aids, worn in the outer bowl, are usually custom-fit and some fit deep inside the ear canal depending on your needs.

Behind-the-Ear (BTE) Hearing Aids

Behind the ear, devices, used when the cause of hearing loss is in the outer ear, middle ear or ossicles. They serve a wide variety of hearing needs, including children. 

In-the-canal (ITC) Hearing Aids

In-the-canal hearing aid uses ear canal technology. The devices are precisely like hearing aids used in the ITE or BTE device but are small in size. They are available in custom or off-the-shelf varieties, depending on your needs.

Receiver-in-the-Ear (RITE) Hearing Aids

RITE design fits behind the ear with a custom mold to fit over your earlobe. It's a combination of the ITC and BTE devices, enabling them to address a wider variety of hearing loss needs. 

All devices come with different controls and features. You can opt to use a device with or without multi-channel processors depending on your needs. Before selecting an app to connect to your aid device, you must check the compatibility level. Once matched, download and install it, then connect it to your device.

Apps with these convenient features make it easy to control your hearing aids. It saves you time, stress and energy if adjustments are made through an app rather than visiting an audiologist every time you need to adjust something. With the apps, you can quickly accomplish tasks that usually take a long time. 

To learn more about hearing aids apps, check out Hearing and Balance Center. You can also call 401-475-6116 to have someone attend to your concerns immediately.