Is it necessary to have a smartphone with new digital hearing aids? This is a question often asked. The answer is no, it’s not necessary. Current digital hearing aid processing is very automatic. In other words, they help a patient to hear quite well in quiet and noisy areas, without the need to change settings or programs in a smartphone app. A smartphone can help with direct streaming of phone calls and all video or music audio.
This question comes up more often with patients that haven’t grown up with cell phones. They may not wish to use their cell phone for anything other than for calling. It most certainly is not necessary to have a patients cell phone connected to their hearing aids to hear and understand exceptionally well. Smartphone hearing aid apps can offer the ability for fast changing of the volume, for noise management, or for speech clarity improvements. The app can also help locate a hearing aid if it’s lost. We have the ability to help patients from their home or distant location, with remote programming, through the use of a smartphone app. We are here to help.