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During today’s CES Unveiled event, I met with ReSound, a company making smart – they say the world’s smartest – hearing aids with Bluetooth connectivity and smartphone app control.

ReSound’s Linx 2 hearing aids connect with each other and feature onboard signal processing to cancel out background environment noise appropriate to the environment – for example, they can sense when the wearer is involved in a conversation with someone nearby – and modify the way they process sound for that situation.

With Bluetooth connectivity, they also offer the benefit of transporting your phone’s audio to the hearing aid – like a Bluetooth headset – but they can also have their configuration modified by an app running on your Android phone (they also support iOS).

The app allows users to change things like volume, background noise filtering and alter direction sensitivity using the app. ReSound says that Linx 2 wearers can hear far more sound from the world around them after the hearing aids have been properly calibrated by a professional – everyone’s requirements are a little different.

ReSound’s Android developer was on-hand to explain how it works:

The Linx 2 is still a hearing aid rather than a consumer audio device, so you’ll still go through your hearing specialist before you can get your hands – or ears – on a pair. The company says that they’ve seen the average age of users drop since introducing their smart technology that connects to your phone, but there’s still a worryingly long time between the time at which people think they’re starting to lose their hearing and the time at which they seek professional help.

ReSound offers a couple of hearing aid products alongside accessories like remote controls, microphones and even a TV streamer that transports TV audio to your hearing aids. Their products are available in a number of countries worldwide, including Australia.

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GreviousMcG
GreviousMcG
4 years ago

This interest me as I wear a hearing aid. The ability to adjust the hearing aid according to the environment is extremely beneficial. At the moment, I have to go to an audiologist if I need to modify it because the software is restricted to their PC. So just to whip out my mobile and modify the hearing aid on the spot will be a very welcomed functionality.

Myk
Myk
4 years ago

They look like the ultimate Bluetooth headset!

GreviousMcG
GreviousMcG
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4 years ago

It does look like the ultimate bluetooth headset but you’ll be paying the ultimate price for it as it can cost up to $6000 or more.