Smartphone Apps to Assist with Hearing

Favorite apps to assist with hearing in challenging noise situations.

By: Dr. Pickett of Greentree Hearing & Audiology

Smartphone Apps to Assist with Hearing

Smartphone Apps to Assist with Hearing

Smartphone Apps to Assist with Hearing

As a smartphone user, you are well aware of the incredible access provided by your device. Over the past decade, our smartphones have become our alarm clocks, calculators, cameras, and media libraries rolled into one.

Apps are software programs that are downloaded to your smartphone and provide different functions to make your life more convenient. From learning a foreign language to working out daily, apps have significantly changed how we live. It should come as no surprise that there are apps to assist with hearing in challenging noise situations.

Deaf Wake

Not just designed for deafness, the app Deaf Wake offers LED, vibration, and visual-based alarms. It is recommended that hearing aids are removed at nighttime, whether for recharging, dehumidifying, or safe storage. Most of us use our smartphones to set an alarm to wake up; for people with hearing loss, it may be difficult to hear the alarm. Deaf Wake allows you to choose various ways to be woken up in addition to audio – a camera flash, flashing screen, vibration, or a combination of these. Deaf Wake gives users the option to pick from different clock faces and connectivity to Apple Watch as well. It may also be used for setting a timer.

Subtitles Viewer!

Even with your hearing aids, do you have difficulty following movie dialogue? For your Made for iPhone hearing aid, there are apps to pick up and amplify sound, especially speech sound. Sound quality may not be great on certain movies, or perhaps the mix of audio creates challenging listening circumstances. If you want a tool to watch TV or movies at home, check out Subtitles Viewer! This app provides subtitles for hundreds of TV shows and movies, from Languages include: English, Spanish, French, and German. For people who want more options, consider the Pro version.

Sound Meter Apps

Recent studies have found that modern life is noisier than before. Whether you’re on the job or out at a ball game, noise levels can rise and potentially damage your hearing. There are a number of apps available for iPhone that are designed to measure the decibel levels in your environment. If you can’t hear someone standing an arm’s length away from you, then the environment you’re in is too loud. Find a free sound meter app in the Apple store to continually gauge your environment.

Jacoti ListenApp

If you are just beginning to experience changes in your hearing, it is important to take a hearing test. Identifying the degree and configuration of your hearing loss and finding the right fit with a hearing aid brings many benefits to your life and overall health. For people who are just beginning to struggle with hearing, Jacoti is an app that provides hearing support. Jacoti picks up sounds and amplifies them, feeding them to our Apple earphones.

It is important to note, however, that while apps are useful for certain functions, they do not replace the significant medical benefits provided by the use of hearing aids. If you are experiencing difficulties hearing or changes in your hearing ability, contact us at Greentree Audiology today for a hearing test and hearing aid fitting.

Made for iPhone Hearing Aids

Here at Greentree Audiology, we offer the most advanced hearing aids available on the market. As technology continues to evolve across many different devices, hearing aids have kept up with new innovations. Made for iPhone hearing aids are designed specifically to connect your smartphone directly to your aids, providing you wireless streaming directly to your ears. Whether it’s FaceTime, a phone call, an episode on Netflix or Hulu, or a podcast, Made for iPhone hearing aids allow you to use your hearing aids like stereo headphones, with a clear stream of sound. Additionally, Made for iPhone hearing aids connect to your smartphone through an app designed by the corresponding manufacturers. These apps allow you to fine-tune your listening experience, archive preferences with GPS-tagged locations for automatic adjustment, and even locate your hearing aids if you misplace them.

Our favorite Made for iPhone hearing aids include Starkey’s Halo, winner of the 2017 SXSW Wearable Tech Award as well as the 2017 Silver Edison Award; ReSound’s Li and Phonak’s Beyond. If you haven’t experienced the seamless, natural listening with Made for iPhone hearing aids, contact us to learn more.

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