Tuesday , October 24 2017

ReSound’s Smart Hearing aids connect to your smartphone

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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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Jason Murray   Deputy Editor

Before discovering the Nexus One, Jason thought he didn't need a smartphone. Now he can't bear to be without his Android phone. Jason hails from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane depending on his mood and how detailed a history you'd like. A web developer by day with an interest in consumer gadgets and electronics, he also enjoys reading comics and has a worryingly large collection of Transformers figures. He'd like to think he's a gamer, but his Wii has been in a box since he moved to Sydney, and his PlayStation Vita collection is quite lacking. Most mornings you'll find him tilting at various windmills on Twitter - follow @JM77 and say hi!

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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.

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They look like the ultimate Bluetooth headset!

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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.

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