What You Should Know About Made for iPhone Hearing Aids

Among smartphones, the iPhone stands out as an innovation leader. The latest innovation is a result of collaborations with several hearing aid manufacturers to create hearing aids and apps that are intended to work together. These are known as made for iPhone hearing aids. With made for iPhone hearing aids, users are able to adjust the device from an app on their iPhones. In addition, the iPhone delivers incoming audio such as phone calls and music or Siri’s responses right to the user’s hearing aid. Set up is easy as well – just treat the device like any other Bluetooth device. Apple instructs the user to, In Settings, go to General, then Accessibility, then Hearing Aids, and iOS will automatically search for and recognize your device. Once your hearing aid is paired, it’s available to you as an audio source whenever you need it. Made for iPhone hearing aids also allow the user to utilize the Live Listen feature for face-to-face conversations in noisy places. This feature allows you to use the microphone to hear what the other person is saying, clear as a bell.

The selection of made for iPhone hearing aids available for purchase include Audibel A3i, Audigy‚ AGXsp, Beltone‚ Beltone First, MicroTech’s Kinnect, NuEar iSDS, ReSound, ReSound LiNX, and Starkey  Halo. Of course, the right hearing aid for you will take a little time and research. A hearing specialist will be able to guide you in the process. Each device has its own unique abilities and features. For one, Audibel‚ A3i‚ claims advanced noise reduction technology and a precise directional microphone.” If you’re the forgetful type, Audigy‚ AGXsp boasts a GPS feature to help you find your hearing aids. The MicroTech’s Kinnect will work with your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, and it easily streams music, Facetime phone calls, and more, right to your ears. NuEar iSDS’s patented technology replicates high-frequency sounds (like women’s and children’s voices) in lower frequencies where they’re easier to hear and understand. Finally, Starkey’s Halo ‚industry-leading feedback canceller provides feedback-free and comfortable listening all day long.

Talk to your hearing care specialist. They will help you narrow down the choices to what suits your hearing needs and budget.

Echoes – Where Do They Come From?

If you’ve ever been inside a large canyon, you’ve probably observed the wonder of echoes firsthand-but how do they work? This phenomenon is called an echo, which has its origins in the Greek ekho, meaning “sound.” An echo happens when a sound wave reflects off a surface, such as the water at the bottom of a well, and the sound is repeated back to you. There are certain basic requirements a place must meet in order for it to produce an echo. One requirement is that the size of the obstacle/reflector must be large compared to the wavelength of the incident sound (for reflection of sound to take place). For another, the distance between the source of sound and the reflector should be at least 66 feet (so that the echo is heard distinctly after the original sound is over). Additionally, the intensity or loudness of the sound should be sufficient for the reflected sound reaching the ear to be audible. The original sound should be of short duration.

The farther away the surface is, the longer it will take for the echo to come back to you. One could theoretically tell how far away an object is and how fast it is moving by an echo.This is called echolocation and bats use echoes to find moths while flying around at night. A bat uses echolocation by sending out a clicking or chirping sound, which echoes off any objects that are near. Luckily for bats, they have very large ears and can sense even very soft sounds in certain wavelengths. Their brains also help by processing the distance from and the size of the object as well as how fast it is moving and where to. It continues to send out sound and receive echoes until it zeroes in on the moth and has its meal.

The dolphin is another mammal who uses echolocation. The dolphin has a structure in its head called the phonic (or sonic) lips. Humans, like nearly all mammals, produce sounds using their vocal cords. The dolphin doesn’t have vocal cords, but instead developed its phonic lips from what was once the dolphin’s nose. The dolphin forces pressurized air through its phonic lips, and the air vibrates and comes out sounding like clicking. When the clicks bounce off of the object the dolphin is interested in (that is, when the echo occurs) the dolphin then gets a mental picture of that object.

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