Friday, January 31, 2014

What Does Hearing Aid Mode Do On an iPhone®?

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iPhone 5s, 5c, 5, 4s and 4 models comply with the FCC’s hearing aid compatibility standards. However, to maximize the clarity of your particular model of iPhone, you may need to activate the “Hearing Aid Mode."
What does hearing aid mode do on an iPhone?
Hearing aid mode maximizes the clarity of an iPhone in the absence of a remote or streamer. On an iPhone 4, hearing aid mode works by improving the sound quality when the iPhone is held up to the hearing aid.
Hearing aid mode for the iPhone 5s, 5c, and 5 was designed for hearing aids that have a telecoil. It alters the acoustic settings of the iPhone to promote the clarity of the audio.
Setting Your iPhone 5s, 5c, 5, 4s, and 4 to Hearing Aid Mode
To activate the hearing aid mode on an iPhone, go to Settings > General > Accessibility and choose "Hearing Aid" in the "Hearing" section.
For more information on iPhones and hearing aid compatibility, visit Apple’s hearing aid compatibility page.
For more information on the world's first "made for iPhone" hearing aid, click here.

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

New Information on the GN ReSound LiNX™- the World's First "Made for iPhone®" Hearing Aid

GN ReSound recently shared more information about the new LiNX™ hearing aid (the world's first "made for iPhone®" hearing aid) at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show. Below are some highlights from the information that was shared.

Features of the LiNX™ hearing aid include:

  • The LiNX™ wirelessly connects to iPhones, iPads®, and iPod® Touch devices without the use of a streamer or intermediary device.
    • Therefore, the audio of an iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch can be heard in both hearing aids.
      • The hearing aids can act as a type of headset so the user can listen to directions as they're driving, participate in phone conversations, and listen to music in both hearing aids.
  • An app can be downloaded for the LiNX™ that will allow the user to:
    • Find the hearing aids if they're lost
    • Use an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch as a remote control for the hearing aids
      • Use the device to change the settings of the hearing aids
      • Use the device to program the hearing aids to switch settings in different acoustic environments
    • Use an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch as a microphone that will stream the user's voice directly to both hearing aids
  • The LiNX™ is the smallest RIE (receiver-in-ear) device powered by a size 312 battery GN ReSound has ever produced

To watch a short presentation detailing the information, click here. For more information on the LiNX™, visit GN ReSound's website.

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