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New Smartphone Applications Offer New Opportunities to Address Hearing Loss

It seems there is an app for everything these days. Smartphones and their applications are increasingly reaching out to every aspect of our social, emotional, and physical lives and offering new ways to connect and interact with the world. Over the past few years, many apps have emerged that target those who suffer or may suffer from hearing loss. Here, we’ll discuss the growth in three notable areas: hearing testing, personal sound amplification, and hearing aid remotes.

Testing Your Hearing at Home Can Help Identify Problems

When it comes to identifying hearing loss, there are certain challenges. Many people are hesitant to visit an audiologist or attend a screening event for a wide variety of reasons. Now, it is possible to check your hearing at home through an app. While these apps are not a substitute for a professional hearing test, they do allow users to identify potential problems and seek help. This can help put people in control of their own hearing and prevent further hearing deterioration in some cases.

Many of the apps are available for free download and test hearing in different ways. They use a combination of background noise levels and different frequencies to identify possible problems. These screening tools are also helpful for those in underserved settings where full testing gear is not available.

Personal Sound Amplification Is Another Helpful Option

Personal sound amplification apps use the phone’s microphone to catch sound and then the app makes the sound louder, allowing users to hear better in many situations. These apps work in variety of ways, with simple sound increases, user adjustment options, or background noise reduction. These can be especially helpful in noisy restaurants or when watching television. Many of the apps are free, while others are available at a minimal cost.

Hearing Aid Remote Apps Expand Existing Technology

Finally, hearing aid remote applications are becoming increasingly available, aimed at replacing the old remotes worn around the neck. The smartphone becomes the control and adjustments can be made with a touch of the screen in response to the user’s surroundings. Some allow users to set profiles to match different conditions—outside, public indoor spaces, TV watching, and more. Additionally, many of the apps monitor and record setting adjustments so your audiologist can review them later to learn more about your hearing.

If you suffer from hearing loss, you have more options than ever. To learn more about life with hearing loss and schedule a qualified hearing exam, take a moment to fill out our online contact form. You’ll receive a prompt response from a member of our audiology team.