Beginning in 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) no longer enforces the need for a medical assessment before amplification. This policy opens up the door for alternative self-test diagnostics and hearing devices, which has the potential to increase the initial access to hearing care via the use of hearing aid apps.
Depending on the manufacturer, hearing aid apps can provide you with several useful functions. Of course, you will still need to visit a hearing healthcare professional for initial hearing aid programming and adjustments to your hearing aid. The hearing healthcare professional will set your hearing aids to address your hearing loss and lifestyle. Apps allow you to make minor adjustments to these settings. A few of the app functions include:
Other apps available for hearing loss include those that test your hearing, mask tinnitus, and auditory training apps.
A new study is considering if hearing aid apps work. The researchers evaluated apps on Google Play and the Apple App Store. The apps must be downloadable and function without an internet connection, be simple to use, function through inexpensive wired earbuds or headphones and produce reasonable quality sound.
The results of this study demonstrate that hearing aid apps can increase access to amplification at a reduced cost, raise hearing loss awareness, and reduce the stigma of wearing hearing aids. With periodic app updates, users have access to the latest software and features available.
Please realize that no hearing app can replace a hearing aid. That said, some great hearing aid apps can enhance your experience. Here are a few:
If you are experiencing trouble hearing, it is time to act. Please schedule a hearing evaluation with a hearing healthcare professional in your area. This professional can diagnose your hearing problem and provide the appropriate treatment for your specific hearing needs.