This headline might feel a bit familiar as Starkey and Resound also recently released made for iPhone hearing aids.
Hearing aids integrated with smartphones are not an entirely new technology. They have been out for several years. However, the older technology relied on an additional device called a “phone link.” The wireless technology inside the hearing aid would communicate directly with the “phone link” and then from the “phone link” to the smartphone.
The Beltone First removes the need for a phone link by communicating directly with the iPhone via their HearPlus app. This allows you to use your hearing aids very similar to Bluetooth headphones for phone calls, streaming video, music, etc.
Here's what Beltone has to say about this new tech:
Beltone First hearing aids wirelessly communicate with each other to customize sound as your surroundings change. By prioritizing speech, it's easy to hear the conversation, even in noisy places. Enjoy seamless transitions as you move from quiet to loud environments. It's all hands-free.
In addition, the Beltone First also utilizes geotagging (or GPS tagging).
According to Beltone Hearing Care Specialist Ryan McKallagat “Because it's got geotagging in it it's going to give you a specific an address,” which allows the hearing aid to form a type of memory for specific settings.
This is perfect, if for instance you liked to visit a diner for breakfast every Monday at 7 a.m. and maybe it wasn't quite as noisy there. The hearing aid can be configured to automatically detect your location and adjust accordingly.
Last but not least, it should be noted that while the Beltone First works seamlessly with the iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, they were also made to integrate with the Samsung Galaxy S5. We expect this theme of introducing the Apple integration followed by the Android connectivity will continue.