The next time you see someone tapping and sliding their fingers across their smartphone screen, they might not be texting or surfing. They might be improving their hearing.
Explore this issue:September 2015
New hearing aids introduced last year that are adjustable, smarter, and more nimble with the use of a smartphone app have given the hearing impaired much more control over their listening environments and have helped shed the stigma associated with having to reach up to their ears to adjust the device.
The ReSound LiNX2, manufactured by GN ReSound (Bloomington, Minn.), and the Halo, made by Starkey Hearing Technologies (Eden Prairie, Minn.), were introduced almost simultaneously in early 2014, and they remain the only two players in the market, although the devices sometimes go by other names. The Beltone First is made by the same manufacturer as the LiNX2, and the Halo is also marketed as the Audibel A3i, Audigy AGXsp, MicroTech Kinnect, and the NuEar iSDS.| | | Next → | Single Page