You probably already use dozens of apps on your smartphone every day. Whether you use one to find your way to a new place, call up a rideshare service, or book plane tickets, you rely on your smartphone to get through your day. Now, you may find you want to add an app to help with your hearing loss.
Take a look at the three main types of app for people with hearing loss to see if one may be helpful to you.
What Do Hearing Loss Apps Do?
Most of the hearing loss support apps available to smartphone users fall into one of the following three categories:
- Hearing testing. These apps provide users with the ability to test their hearing in the privacy of their own home. If you suspect you are not hearing as well as you used to but are not ready to see a professional hearing care provider, try one of these apps. Look for one that asks questions about what you hear and don’t hear as well as providing a tone test. You also want a test that gives easy-to-read results.
- Sound amplification. Many people use these apps in place of getting a hearing aid. They use your phone’s microphone and speaker or headphone jack to allow you to increase the volume of anything you are unable to hear clearly—a television, conversation, or lecture, for example. Some of them even let you make a recording to play back later. If you find that you are becoming dependent on an amplification app, however, you should go to a hearing care clinic for an evaluation.
- Remote control. Hearing aid manufacturers provide smartphone applications that allow you to control your hearing aid with your phone. You can adjust settings and volume—and rid yourself of that annoying whistle—without even taking your hearing aid out. This app also gives hearing aid wearers the added sense of privacy by being able to subtly control their devices in meetings or public places.
While these apps all offer support, it is important that you make an appointment with a hearing care professional when the app is not enough. At True Sound Hearing Aid Center, we offer permanent solutions to hearing loss in a comfortable, convenient San Francisco location. Call our office today.