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Latest Hearing Aid Technology

There are a variety of hearing aid apps and hearing test apps that can be used from an iPhone, iPad, or iPod-touch device. Learn more about the latest hearing aid technology in this week’s Audicus blog!

Hearing Aid Apps

Starkey Hearing Technologies has recently released a hearing aid app named TruLink. This hearing aid app allows for fine tuning of the Multiflex tinnitus modulation rate and volume, features that help alleviate episodes in individuals who have tinnitus.

The hearing aid app TruLink also has a feature called SoundSpace, which gives users the option of modifying different sound preferences depending on their surroundings. Like many other apps, TruLink is also able to receive calls.

In addition to creating hearing aid apps Starkey has also created a hearing aid recycling program, called Hear Now. Hear Now gives repaired hearing aids to children and adults in the U.S. who have hearing loss but are not able to afford a new set of hearing aids. Hear Now accepts any type of hearing aid donation and all donations are tax deductible.

Hearing Test Apps   

Hearing test apps are convenient and easily accessible programs available on the iPhone, iPad and other devices. They can be used to assess hearing without having to schedule an appointment with an audiologist.

The Hearing Test & Ear Test is a hearing test app made by software developer Yuichi Sakasnita. The app can be used through an iPad, iPhone or iPod-touch. The Hearing Test & Ear Test can test frequencies ranging from 125 hertz to 8,000 hertz.

Users can save the data they collect during a test and compare it to other tests they conduct during the day. With the option of saving multiple hearing tests, users can assess how their hearing changes throughout a 24 hour period, and as a result they can determine whether they should wear different types of hearing devices according to the time of day.

The Hearing Test & Ear Test is a relatively short test, lasting only 5 minutes, and is similar to an audiogram in the way it plots data to a graph. The results of an audiogram can’t be emailed, but it is possible to take a screen save of the information and transfer the information to your email address. This free app produces results similar to those that can be found in a $200 professional audiogram!

Another excellent new hearing test app is the AudCal HD by software developer Jorge Alberto Rey Martinez. The app is available for the iPad and costs only $2.99. AudCal HD has a pure tone synthesizer and the results are meant to be transferred to other devices such as computers and printers. This free app also produces results similar to those that can be found in a $200 professional audiogram.

In this new era of sophisticated hearing technology it can be a challenge to learn how certain devices function. For apps that are difficult understand, feel free to discuss them with an audiologist.

Sources: Digital Trends, Safety Awakenings

By: Aaron Rodriques

One response to “Latest Hearing Aid Technology

  1. So, I can take the hearing test on my iPhone and not need to get an audiologist’s test?
    My loss is profound and an informal test at a hearing aid dealer had me at 105 db loss at a very narrow range. Probably accurate because 30 years ago or so I got an audiologist’s report for tax purposes of 97 db loss. I have nerve deafness. I need only for my left ear as I have cochlear on my right. I don’t use the cochlear. Would I need or could I get, a special mold? I have a Danavox body aid now which will give feedback sometimes as I haven’t had a new mold in years. No service here for it. No parts either!

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