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Hearing Aids & Smartphone Compatibility

Talking on the phone is one of life's little pleasures. It helps to keep you in contact with friends and family, and allows you to maintain an active social life. However, if you are living with hearing loss, you may find it difficult to understand phone conversations.

It's important to keep up relationships with family members and friends for your health and wellbeing as well as your safety if you are living by yourself. Hearing aid compatible phones make it easy for people with hearing loss to hear the voice on the other end of the line without any buzzing, humming or whining noise.

When you purchase hearing aids, it’s smart to consider the countless number of accessories and features available and ensure that they are fully compatible with your smartphone.

To figure out which hearing aid will work best with your smartphone or vice versa, you first need to decide how you want your hearing aids and phone to work together.

If what you like is to simply answer a call as you have always done and hold the phone to your ear and hear clearly, then any properly programmed hearing aid will do the job. You just need to make sure your cell phone is hearing aid friendly.

If you are looking for your hearing aids and cell phone to have more advanced functionality, then there are basically two options available in the market – You can get hearing aids that can be remotely controlled by your smartphone with no intermediary device. Or, you can get hearing aids that can be remotely controlled by your smartphone or streamer and stream music, calls, and more with an intermediary device.

The market of iPhone, iPad, and Android developers are working with hearing aid manufacturers to create seamless connectivity between hearing aids and smartphones. This will give hearing aid users the ability to adjust their instrument settings using Apps on an iPhone, iPad, or Android powered device.

People with hearing loss may also want to consider different features offered in hearing aid compatible phones so they are able to properly use the device.

The features to consider are as follows –

Volume control –this is an important feature to consider when looking for a hearing aid compatible phone. This allows you to change the volume easily since people on the other line of the phone may have different settings. Volume control is also important to consider since many people with hearing loss will find it more difficult to hear high-pitched noises.

Incoming call alerts – Some phones can flash or vibrate when someone is calling and so you don't have to only rely on an auditory signal. Lighting up or flashing can be a great feature so you do not miss calls when you are busy watching television or listening to music.

Speaker phone – This feature can actually help people with hearing aids because it can reduce the interference between a phone and the hearing aid.

Speech-to-text – These telephones make it easier for people with hearing loss to understand speech because you are able to follow along on a screen while you are listening to it. You may also want to consider a telephone with a large screen so you can read text easily during a phone call.

Text – People with hearing loss may also prefer to simply reach others via text so you want to make sure that you have a mobile phone plan that includes unlimited texting and a device with an easy-to-use keyboard.

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