Posted by HearStore on Nov 1st 2017
Remember the days when talking alarm clocks and video phones on The Jetsons seemed far-fetched? Well, we don’t have flying cars – yet – but there’s no denying that in the last decade, personal electronic technology has accelerated at a high speed.
The original iPhone was released in June 2007 – just about a decade ago. With new iterations released regularly, the iPhone has evolved into the sophisticated device it is now. After the loss of Steve Jobs, Apple continued to innovate under the direction of Tim Cook. While the design and technology of the iPhone, iPad, and Mac underwent small changes with each new release, Cook’s biggest launch as Apple’s new CEO was the Apple Watch.
The Apple Watch
The Apple Watch, according to Business Insider (September 2017), recently beat out Rolex as the most popular watch on Earth. In 2016, Apple sold 11.9 million Apple Watches. As a wrist computer, health and fitness tracker, notification system, and remote control wrapped into one tiny package, Apple Watch is an incredibly smart and well-designed device.
Now in its third series, released in September 2017, the Apple Watch provides its wearers with a number of conveniences. Linked up to an iPhone via Bluetooth or WiFi, the Apple Watch has excellent features to encourage better health and fitness, such as GPS and built-in altimeter to measure your steps and how many stairs you take, streaming of music playlists to give you that extra boost of energy, and a Smart Coach who gives you a little nudge when you need it. It also offers an Activity Sharing feature, so that you can stay connected to and motivated by your friends.
In addition to the various notification systems (text, email) that the Apple Watch offers, it is focused strongly on your health and well-being. A heart rate measures your resting, exercising, and recovery rate, while the Breathe App promotes relaxation and meditation.
And, even more, the Apple Watch assists with hearing loss, the third most common health condition in the US.
Hearing Aids Compatible with Apple Watch
There are four main brands that offer iPhone compatible hearing aids: Starkey, ReSound, Oticon, and Widex. With their own downloadable apps for iOS, these hearing aids connect to your iPhone and now, to Apple Watch.
Starkey’s Halo iQ, ReSound’s LiNX 3D, Oticon’s Opn, and Widex’s BEYOND all have a few things in common: they allow you to connect wirelessly to your Apple devices and stream phone calls, FaceTime, music, and other audio directly to your hearing aids.
Through manufacturer apps for the Apple Watch, you can stream conversations, motivational chats from your fitness Smart Coach, or a playlist of your favorite music directly to your hearing aids. With the GPS feature on your Apple Watch, the hearing aid app will make automatic adjustments based on your archived preferences to provide seamless, natural listening. Even more, this wireless connection allows you to control and fine-tune your listening experience with a few simple taps: make adjustments to the volume, program features, channels, tinnitus therapy, etc.
Starkey Halo iQ
Halo iQ, powered by the Synergy Platform, is the third generation of Starkey’s award-winning Made for iPhone hearing aid. With the TruLink app, Halo iQ connects to your Apple Watch. Its user-friendly app design makes it simple for you to personalize your listening experience or stream sounds to your ears. SoundSpace and Noise Manager are two features in the TruLink app that allow you to make the adjustments necessary for the best sound quality.
Halo iQ is an incredibly sophisticated hearing aid that provides a robust and natural listening experience. With features such as Acuity Directionality and Speech Shift, Halo iQ wearers experience improved speech intelligibility, especially in difficult listening experiences or between different environments. Feedback cancellation eliminates any discomfort from buzzing and whistling. People with tinnitus will appreciate Starkey’s Advanced Multiflex Tinnitus Technology, which may also be controlled with the TruLink app.
Halo iQ is available in two styles: receiver-in-canal and behind-the-ear. With Surface NanoShield, Halo iQ is coated in a protective material to resist moisture and dirt.
ReSound LiNX 3D
ReSound’s Made for iPhone hearing aid, LiNX 3D, is now in its third generation and connects to the Apple Watch through the Smart 3D app. In addition to adjustments to your own listening experience, the Smart 3D app, in conjunction with ReSound’s Assist app, provides a ground-breaking feature: remote fine-tuning to your listening experience by your audiologist or hearing instrument specialist. If there are issues with your hearing aid, answer a series of questions provided by your hearing specialist or audiologist, and they’ll send you updates to upload to your LiNX 3D aids. With this update, LiNX 3D provides you with the optimal listening experience personalized for your specific hearing needs.
LiNX 3D is available in the following styles: receiver-in-canal, behind-the-ear, and custom styles (invisible-in-canal, completely-in-canal, mic-in-helix, in-the-canal, and in-the-ear).
Powered by Velox, an “open sound solution” platform, Opn literally opens up the soundscape to the wearer, while supporting the brain in the auditory process. Opn wearers experience the richness of different sound environments and are empowered to choose where they want to focus.
With TwinLink technology, Opn connects to your Apple Watch through the ON app. In addition to providing discreet remote control of your hearing aids, the ON app connects Opn hearing aids directly to the Internet, providing you access to an archive of daily sounds. With your Apple Watch you can check battery life on your Opn aids, and in the event you happen to misplace your Opn aids, you can track them down with the “find my hearing aids” feature.
Opn is available in the following styles: mini receiver-in-the-ear (RITE), miniRITE with telecoil, and the BTE13 Plus Power behind-the-ear hearing aid for severe to profound hearing loss.
BEYOND is the first Made for iPhone hearing aid from the Danish manufacturer Widex. Compatible with Apple Watch watchOS 2, the BEYOND app automatically checks for the latest software updates from Widex, ensuring the most up-to-date programs. With the app, BEYOND wearers may also personalize their listening experience, creating sound templates for specific listening situations. In terms of listening features, BEYOND ensures 30% better listening in windy outdoor settings. In collaboration with ZPower, BEYOND is a rechargeable hearing aid that allows for longer streaming with less battery drain. This ensures a full day of power while you’re streaming your phone calls, music, or other media.
BEYOND is a behind-the-ear hearing aid, available in several power levels to accommodate different degrees of hearing loss.