Made for iPhone Hearing Aids.
Are there any applevis users out there using or planning to purchase a made for iPhone hearing aids?
For those curious or interested, these are Bluetooth 4.0 hearing aids that connects directly with the iPhone. Previously, for the iPhone to communicate with the hearing aids, you needed a remote. The remote cost extra and another thing you had to carry around. Currently, the two most popular models are Linx by Resound and Halo by Starky. An app needs to be installed so you can control the volume along with other features. For the Linx, the app is called Resound Smart and for the Halo, it called Truelink. The haring aids are paired using the hearing aid options under accessability.
I decided to replace my current pair of hearing aids with a pair of Starky Halos. They are small and available in different colors. I’ve had them for about a week now and here is what I like so far:
1> They have noise reduction filters. Unlike my old pair, these Has only amplifies what I want to hear. Barking dogs, door slamming are no longer loud yet voices from TVs and people around me are.
2> The Truelink app is fully accessable and easy to use.
3> The Has work with the iPhone to determine if you are moving more than 10MPH. If you are, the Has go into auto/car mode and reduces road and wind noise.
4> There is geo tagging so you can set a preference for a location. For example. I set a preference for my son’s karate studio. Lower volume, lower treble but the bass remains the same. The next time I walk into the studio, the Has automatically changes to my saved settings.
5> VO, Siri, phone calls and music are streamed directly to the Has. Because you are not wearing any headsets, people around you don’t know what you are up to. I asked Siri what time it was and a lady next to me gave me the time. LOL.
The things I didn’t like are:
1. The Bluetooth caused VO to crash a few times. I had to turn BT off then on for VO to work again. Starky tech support connected me with an engineer from Apple. It appears not a lot of VO users use these Has yet.
2. VO sound effects are heard on the iPhone speaker, not the Has. Another thing the engineer will look into.
3. The bluetooth range is only about 8 feet. I suspect it’s due to the lower power of BT 4.0.
Well. That’s all for now. Hopefully, this helps someone who is thinking about getting a hearing aid but unsure if it’s VO compatible.