Hearing aids and smartphones both just keep getting better and better. Now you can partner them together for an exceptional audio experience. Here is a quick guide to what you need to know about smartphone hearing aids and the amazing benefits they offer.

The Technology Is Really Simple to Use

Maybe you’ve been put off the idea of smartphone hearing aids because you think they’re complicated to use. If so, you can relax. Part of the reason why smartphones have become must-have items is that they have become massively easier to use since their beginnings as tech toys.

Your audiologist may set up your smartphone hearing aid for you. Even if they don’t, you’ll probably find it straightforward to do yourself. Alternatively, you can get a tech-savvy friend to help you. Basically, it’s much the same principle as pairing a smartphone with any other kind of wireless device.

All modern smartphones are hearing-aid compatible. Features such as volume control and visual alerts are effectively standard. Some modern smartphones also support features such as captioning.

Easily Control Your Hearing Aid

With a smartphone hearing aid, you can adjust your hearing aid without having to take it off or to carry an extra gadget such as a remote control. What’s more, smartphones are often more convenient to use than remote controls. They’re bigger and are designed to be touch-sensitive.

If you have two hearing aids, then you can expect to be able to control them independently of each other. In fact, some smartphone hearing aids will allow you to adjust your hearing aids either independently or together, so you have the choice.

Track Your Hearing-Aid Use

Your level of hearing-aid use is closely linked to your level of brain activity. Essentially the purpose of a hearing aid is to help your brain to process sound. Being able to track your hearing-aid use, therefore, shows you how much you are engaging with the sounds of the world around you.

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with experiencing periods of quiet, even long periods of quiet. In fact, sometimes that’s exactly what you need. At the same time, if you disengage too much, you may find that your ability to process sound reduces. Basically, you get out of practice.

A smartphone hearing aid can help you to find the right balance. It allows you to track your hearing in the same way as you track your fitness. The data you collect may even be useful to your audiologist when you go for a check-up.

Find Your Hearing Aid Wherever It Is

The combination of wireless connectivity and smartphones has gone a long way to minimizing that age-old problem of misplaced belongings. Now, you can place tags on many of your possessions and keep track of them wherever they are. Modern smartphone hearing aids increasingly have this ability built in.

Typically, you can expect to be advised of where you last used your hearing aid. That’s often the best place to start looking for it. Usually, once you get near your hearing aid, your smartphone will alert you. In fact, it will often send you getting warmer or getting colder signals until you locate your hearing aid.

Keep An Eye on Your Battery

With a smartphone hearing aid, you never have to rely on guesswork to know when your battery is getting low. You certainly don’t have to wait until your hearing aid’s performance starts dropping before you realize you need to take action. Just take a quick look at your phone every so often and you’ll be fine.

Stream Audio Directly to Your Hearing Aid

Smartphone hearing aids allow you to turn your hearing aid into a high-quality pair of wireless headphones. What’s particularly good about this is that your audiologist will have customized them to your exact needs. You’ll also usually be able to access different profiles for different situations.

Use Your Smartphone with Your Hearing Aid

Smartphones have, literally, countless uses. Increasingly, however, those uses depend on or at least benefit from, being able to hear the audio clearly. This is because the nature of smartphones is that they’re most likely to be used when people are on the move. Even when you’re in a building with a landline, you probably keep your smartphone in your pocket as you move about.

Probably the most obvious example of this is the use of smart assistants. These come in handy in so many situations from looking up recipes to getting travel directions. There are, however, plenty of other ways your smartphone uses audio to help you. For example, you can set up all kinds of notifications such as message alerts and calendar prompts.

If you’d like to learn more about the amazing benefits of smartphone hearing aids, please contact Arkansas Professional Hearing Care at (501) 588-0177.