Hearing Aid technology has evolved tremendously in the last 20 years. I bought my first hearing aids in 1996, and the big hype back then was that they were the first digital hearing aids on the market and that they were CICs (Completely-in-the-Canal). It was a major milestone to not only create a hearing aid that was minature, but also digital.
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Is Apple secretly planning to launch an Apple-branded hearing aid? According to Apple Insider, there is fresh speculation that Apple is planning to sell “accessibility products” directly to consumers (via online and retail outlets) “sometime in early 2016.” Details are still unclear, but Apple Insider and Ubergizmo have both speculated that Apple may be planning to sell Made for iPhone hearing aids along with other products, like Braille displays.
When ReSound, Beltone and Starkey delivered apps for the new Apple Watch, they did a big favor for customers who bought their Made-for-iPhone hearing aids. ReSound’s Smart app for its Linx2 hearing aids, Beltone’s HearPlus app for its Legend hearing aids, and Starkey’s TruLink Hearing Control App for its Halo hearing aids all let users change volume and program settings with a simple tap of the Apple Watch face.
Starkey is in the game again. In April, they released the Starkey Halo, one of the world’s first “made for iPhone” hearing aids; with no intermediary devices necessary. Taking advantage of Bluetooth low energy, and a “proprietary high quality audio streaming protocol” developed by Apple, the Halo is able to stream audio from iPhone 4S and up, and many other Apple devices.