If you have hearing loss, you don’t have to look any further than your cell phone or smart phone for help. Cell phone companies are now doing more and more to reach out to their customers who suffer from all forms of hearing loss. In this article we will take a look at the different ways that cell phones are helping to revolutionize the hearing aid market.
If you have hearing loss, you can look forward to yet another form of technological support. Not only can you benefit from your hearing aid, you can couple its benefits with your cell or smart phone. As it turns out, cell phone technology is quickly becoming more and more able to augment the technology that works with cell phones.
Smart Phones Are Leading The Way
Mobile apps are all the rage these days, and it’s no different in the hearing impaired community. Cell phone users can download apps to get movie and television subtitles to show on their phone. All of these means of increasing the quality of life for people with hearing aids are proof that cell phones are helping to advance the hearing aid technology, augmenting the ability of people to live a comfortable lifestyle no matter their hearing capabilities.
Smartphones come with the incredible ability to use a special telecoil in their design, allowing seamless transitions to occur between the technology of a hearing aid and that of a cell phone. Many smartphones also come with the ability to integrate noise cancelling and static reducing technology into the overall phone framework. When you take all of these different settings into account, they can be factored into the objective HAC or hearing aid capability rating that is found on the websites of just about all of the major cell phone companies.
Regular Cell Phones- A Starting Point
Over the last five years, cell phones have been manufactured with one of the most useful devices for people who use hearing aids. This device is called a telecoil, and allows a person who is using a hearing aid to use their cell phone at the same time. They don’t even have to worry about the sound level being insufficient. While some of the oldest models of cell phones that integrated telecoils only had a T2 level telecoil, most telecoils now have at least a T3 or T4 built into them.
Did you know there are apps that make the screen light up brighter and for a more intense vibration to occur when there is a notification, email, or text message occurring on the phone? Yet another way that smartphones are revolutionizing the way that people with hearing aids are able to communicate is through the extensive usage of apps. These applications use the phone’s technology to make it possible for the person with hearing impairment to make better use of their phone. All of these recent developments have furthered the cause for hearing impaired people.