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What is the expected battery life for a hearing aid with moderate wireless iPhone use?

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Charles Darby PhD, MA, BC-HIS, BC-HIS

Hearing Healthcare Provider in Little Rock

18 December 2016 - 1103 Views

Based on your question, I'm assuming you are using some type of audio streamer with your aids or using one of the newer Bluetooth direct aids.  More info is needed to properly answer but I'll attempt to give a general idea of battery life and what impacts the battery's duration.  The power draw required by the aid determines the life of the battery. There are several size batteries used in today's aids with the smaller lasting fewer days than the larger. They rank in size from the smaller #10 to #312 to #13 and to the larger #675.  The greater the... Read more

How well does the ReSound LiNX2 9 RIE 62 work with an Android smartphone? Are there any limitations compared to an iPhone?

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Dan Schwartz

Hearing Aid and Assistive Device Engineer and Dispenser

27 August 2016 - 2956 Views

ReSound LiNX, Enzo, LiNX², and Enzo², and Beltone First, Legend, Boost, & Boost+ hearing aids work well with compatible Android phones. However, with Android there is no A2DP stereo streaming. From the ReSound Smart Hearing Aid Compatibility page:ReSound Smart is compatible with the following Android devices**:Please note: Direct stereo streaming, which is available via the iOS platform, is not currently available through Android platforms at this time. Android users can stream stereo audio using the ReSound Unite Phone Clip+ which allows you to... Read more

Is Costco's ReSound Cala a 'made-for-iPhone' aid?

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Abram Bailey, AuD

Doctor of Audiology, Hearing Tracker Founder

25 October 2016 - 1687 Views

If you look at Apple's official made-for-iPhone (MFi) compatible device list you will see that the ReSound Cala is not listed. The only Kirkland Signature device listed as MFi is the KS 6.0. Having said that, I'm not entirely sure whether Apple's guide is updated. If you take a look at ReSound's Cala guide, you will find the following: "You can personalize your listening experience with the ReSound Smart™ app, and connect with your world thanks to direct streaming from your iPhone®." I speculated before that the ReSound Cala is similar to the Resound... Read more

Does the Resound LiNX2 have a hands-free capability of talking on iPhone without bringing the iPhone up to the mouth?

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Chelsea Walters, BS, BC-HIS

Hearing Healthcare Provider in Broomfield

14 October 2016 - 1200 Views

It absolutely does, but requires the Phone Clip+.  The Linx2 allows audio through the iPhone wirelessly, but still requires you to use the microphone of the iPhone.  The Phone Clip+ becomes the microphone.  It additionally allows you to make program changes, volume changes, mute functionality, and answering/rejecting an incoming phone call.

Does Oticon Opn allow me to stream calls directly from an iPhone like the Linx or Halo aid?

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Kristen Armstrong, AuD

Doctor of Audiology in Cedar Park

29 August 2016 - 1181 Views

Yes, Oticon Opn works with iPhone. You can stream phone calls and audio directly to the hearing aids from iPhone 5 and 6 devices. There is also an app that can be downloaded to iPhone, as well as several android devices, that will allow the user to adjust their Opn hearing aids for various environments. The app includes a way to track your hearing aids if they are misplaced.

Which cell phone platform - iPhone or Android - offers the best benefits when used with the Oticon Opn?

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Alexandra Tarvin, AuD

Doctor of Audiology in Easley

26 April 2018 - 208 Views

The iPhone connects directly to the Oticon Opn platform for phone calls and music and has streaming to both ears. For phone calls, you still have to use the mouth piece of your phone for the person on the other end to hear you. With Android, you can use the app but you cannot audio stream directly from your phone to the devices. You can be completely hands free with either Android or iPhone with the addition of the ConnectClip that you attach to your shirt or collar. 

Why do my Widex Beyond hearing aids crackle when I listen to my iPhone?

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Paige Peterson, PhD

Hearing Healthcare Provider in Austin

02 November 2017 - 473 Views

To effectively answer this I would need a little more information. Are you streaming the call through the Beyond aids (I am assuming so)? How far is the phone from you as you are making the call? Are you standing next to a microwave oven?As a hearing aid user, I have had the Widex Beyond aids on my head. If you are not streaming the call to the aids and are putting the phone to your ear, it could be that you are getting intermittant signal from the autocoil. Assuming that the sound is streaming from the iPhone, the phone needs to be 30' from you (per... Read more

What iPhone apps are good for people with hearing loss? What are you recommending to your patients?

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Chelsea Walters, BS, BC-HIS

Hearing Healthcare Provider in Broomfield

27 June 2016 - 8290 Views

Alicia hit the nail on the head when she said the best App and Hearing Device recommendations are dependent upon each person's communication needs and challenges.  Hearing aid technology that is integrated with iPhones continues to evolve since it's dawn 2 years ago. At this stage in the game, it can be broken down into Apps that require an intermediary device vs. Apps that work directly with the hearing aid.  An intermediary device is a technology that serves as the bluetooth "gateway" between the hearing devices and the phone.  This can be an... Read more

Are there any hearing aids that allow you to take calls from an Apple Watch directly through the Apple Watch's cellular network connection?

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Monica Barnes, AuD

Hearing Healthcare Provider in Temple Terrace

09 April 2018 - 250 Views

Starkey hearing aids (Halo hearing aids) allow for this. It is actually pretty neat all that you can be connected to with these small devices that not only help you hear better but connect you to more in your world/environment. 

Is the Phonak Audeo B Direct Made For iPhone?

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Matthew Pearson

Hearing Aid Audiologist in London

04 September 2017 - 924 Views

To answer simply, no. It is made for any Bluetooth equipped phone be it an Android, Apple Windows or a simple clamshell phone like a Doro so you are not forced to have a Smart Phone just a mobile phone equipped with Bluetooth. This does introduce some pros & cons. You can take a call through the aid without having to pick up the phone but you cannot stream audio so you would need to figure out how important a factor this would be when considering this model. It does also have the option of a TV streamer which does not require a neck worn or clip... Read more