Made for iPhone Hearing Aids
The late, great Steve Jobs once said, “Some people think design means how it looks but of course, if you dig deeper, it’s really how it works.” The latest iPhones now offer new technology specifically tailored to work with hearing aids. Using Bluetooth, iPhones connect directly to compatible hearing aids, delivering conversations, music, FaceTime, and other media directly to the wearer’s ears.
iPhones are also equipped with Live Listen, a technology that utilizes the iPhone’s microphone to capture and amplify sounds that hearing aid wearers wish to hear. By activating this feature and placing the phone near the sound source, amplified sounds will stream directly to the hearing aids.
The newest technology by Oticon, Oticon Opn, connects seamlessly to your iPhone or mobile device. Turn your hearing aids into stereo headphones to stream music directly to your hearing aids through Bluetooth technology. Control volume and switch programs with just a tap of your finger. The new Oticon Opn™ hearing aid allows listeners to focus on speech without blocking out external noises, thanks to multiple advanced technologies which work together to support how the brain processes sound.
Starkey Halo 2
The Halo 2 offers advanced noise reduction technology and directional microphones that reduce noise and make speech easier to hear in challenging environments. As a Made for iPhone hearing aid, the Halo 2 allows wearers to stream phone communication, music, and media directly from the smartphone to the hearing aid. With the TruLink app, Halo 2 wearers may activate a GPS geo-tag function, which records user preferences in locations and automatically re-adjusts to those saved settings when the wearer returns. This provides wearers with a seamless listening experience.
Halo 2’s directional microphones assist wearers in many different environments by eliminating distracting background noise. This provides the wearer with a clearer sound signal, with less listening effort. Halo 2 offers flexibility with different frequencies, balancing high and low frequencies for improved speech intelligibility.
In addition to the iPhone interface, Starkey improved important features of their hearing aids with the new Halo 2, with the elimination of buzzing and whistling sounds and improved high-frequency audibility. Halo comes in two styles, receiver-in-canal and behind-the-ear, to meet different lifestyle needs. (Starkey also offers the Halo-TruLink app for Android phone users – Samsung Galaxy and HTC in particular – though the Android platform is still undergoing compatibility development.) Halo 2 also treats tinnitus, a ringing in the ears, with Starkey’s renowned Advanced Multiflex Tinnitus Technology. This provides sound therapy to ease the discomfort of tinnitus symptoms, and is accessible through the TruLink app.
Introduced in 2014, the LiNX2 (now in its second iteration) connects wirelessly through Bluetooth technology to iPhones, iPads, and the iPod Touch. This allows the wearer to stream sound directly from their phones to their ears. By connecting to the iPhone, LiNX2 wearers are also able to control hearing aid features, volume, and user preferences directly through the ReSound Smart App. This gives wearers ease of access and discretion when controlling their aids.
With Wide Dynamic Range Compression sound processing technology and Digital Feedback Suppression, the ReSound LiNX2 hearing aid processes sound at a fast speed, providing a clearer signal to the ears, while eliminating any distracting whistling or buzzing of feedback. The LiNX2 is a slim, discreet hearing aid, with water resistant properties. Though it is small in design, the LiNX2 offers powerful features, such as New Binaural Directionality II and Spatial Sense. These features help wearers identify the source of sound within a 360-degree radius and helps to situate the wearer in their surroundings. LiNX2 is designed to address hearing loss from mild to severe in degree, and it is available to be worn in-the-ear, behind-the-ear, and receiver-in-canal. To address tinnitus, LiNX2 is also equipped with sound therapies to alleviate the symptoms of tinnitus.