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Using Your Hearing Aids with a Smartphone

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The technology inside modern hearing aids has moved on leaps and bounds in recent years. The same explosion in capability that we’ve seen in our smartphones is now moving into assistive hearing devices, opening up a whole new world of functionality for people with hearing loss

Here are some of the things that you can do when you use a hearing aid with a smartphone: 

  • Check your battery status on your phone’s display
  • Switch between different hearing aid modes with the click of a button on your hearing aid companion app
  • Take calls directly to your hearing aid, bypassing the need to use a microphone
  • Connect to your digital media devices and stream audio, again without the need to use the microphone
  • Use hearing aid tracking on your phone to locate a missing hearing aid
  • Independently adjust the settings on your left and right hearing aids with the touch of a button
  • Control other hearing aid-connected devices in your home, such as your TV and phone

As you can see, using your hearing aids with a smartphone comes with a host of advantages. How, though, do you set up your hearing aid to work with a smartphone? Let’s take a look: 

Connecting your hearing aids to an Android device

An Android device is any smartphone or tablet that uses the Google Android operating system. Here’s how to connect your assistive hearing device: 

  1. Download the apps for your hearing aid from the Play store. Google’s online app store is called the Play store. Here you can find the app that will allow you to link your smartphone to your hearing aids. Just type in the name of the app in the search box and then click install when you find it in results, 
  2. Switch on your Bluetooth in your phone settings. Hearing aids communicate with phones using a wireless technology called Bluetooth. Turn this on in the phone settings. 
  3. Turn on your hearing aids. Switching on your hearing aids will allow your phone to detect them. 
  4. Launch the hearing aid app. Most hearing aid apps will take you step-by-step through the process of connecting with your hearing aids. 
  5. Try a manual setup. If the app doesn’t give you an option to connect, then go to your “paired devices” option and use your phone’s Bluetooth search option to scan for nearby Bluetooth devices. 
  6. Connect. In most apps, all you need to do is tap the hearing aid name to connect. Doing this establishes a link between your hearing aid and your phone. 

Connect your hearing aids to your iPhone

iPhone users must use a slightly different method to connect their hearing aids to their smartphone. Here’s what to do: 

  1. Open settings and switch Bluetooth on. Go to connectivity settings on your iPhone and turn on Bluetooth. 
  2. Power up your hearing aids. For most models of hearing aid, you can power them up by closing the battery door. 
  3. Go to the MFI hearing devices option. Apple uses a hearing device technology called MFI. You can access MFI settings by going to Settings, General, and then Accessibility. In Accessibility, you should see the MFI Hearing Devices option.
  4. Click the hearing devices option. You should see the name and model of your hearing aid appear after clicking the hearing device option. 
  5. Click “pair.” By tapping “pair,” you’ll instruct your iPhone to connect to the selected device. If you want to connect two devices, then you’ll see two options to connect each device to your phone. 

With its MFI feature, Apple has made things much easier for hearing aid users by providing an intuitive system that makes setup easier. You don’t, however, have to have an Apple smartphone to reap the benefits. Apple has made its app available for Android users too on the Play store. Some people may find Apple’s hearing aid connectivity solution more intuitive than the more fragmented options on Google’s platform, but it is an entirely personal choice. Many people get on with Android hearing aid connectivity just fine. 

Would you like to use hearing aids that connect directly to your smartphone? If so, you could experience a host of benefits, from being able to listen to music directly through your hearing aids to locating them if they go missing. 

Here at Ashland Audiology, we can help you set up your hearing aids to work with your device. If you would like to know more about our services, call at 715-682-9311 today.