Posted by - Hearing Aids.

Today, Signia (formerly Siemens) unveiled the Signia Pure® 13 BT, the company’s first Made-For-iPhone (MFi) hearing aid, and the world’s first true telehealth-supported hearing aid with iPhone audio streaming capabilities. The Pure™ 13 BT is also the first hearing aid to use iPhone motion sensors to improve hearing for speech when walking, jogging, or in the car, and reportedly the first hearing aid to provide both “high-definition binaural hearing” and Bluetooth® audio streaming (from a connected device). Read more

Posted by - Hearing Aids.

Widex hearing aids have traditionally been the preferred choice for musicians and others seeking superior sound quality. Widex’s newest hearing aid, Beyond, promises to meet consumers’ expectations on sound quality, while also delivering iPhone connectivity, telecoil support, and compatibility with all of Widex’s proprietary wireless devices. Read more

Posted by - General.

When Oticon announced that its new OpnTM hearing aids would connect users to “the Internet of Things,” a lot of people scratched their heads. Many didn’t yet know exactly what the “IoT” was, much less what it might have to do with hearing aids. The concept is simple: the Opn hearing aids connect to the internet through an iPhone utilizing the new Oticon ON app. The hearing aids then interact with and trigger other internet-connected devices using the new IFTTT (If This Then That) protocol. Read more

Posted by - Hearing Aid Batteries.

Hearing Tracker recently surveyed over 500 hearing aid users to help get a better idea of how long hearing aid batteries really last. We asked participants about their battery size, their hearing aid style, what brand of hearing aids they use, and whether they use streaming technologies, etc. Read more

Posted by - Regulation.

In a recent submission to the FCC, Apple argues that the current HAC compliance rules do not assess how well handsets and hearing aids actually “work together for consumers” and that the FCC should perform “qualitative assessments” to ensure handset usability for hearing aid users. Further, Apple proposed that the Commission should recognize solutions such as Made-For-iPhone (MFi) as viable alternatives to current hearing aid compatibility (HAC) compliance. Read more

Posted by - PSAPs.

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. Read more

Posted by - Smart Watch Compatibility.

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. Read more

Posted by - Hearing Aids.

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. Read more