Bluetooth Hearing Aids: How LifeEar is Changing the Game
Last updated on Feb 12, 2019
Nearly 30 million Americans suffer from hearing loss, and yet more than two-thirds of adults over 50 who might benefit from hearing aids don’t use them. That’s because getting a hearing aid has traditionally been an expensive and time-consuming process. Devices purchased in a hearing clinic can cost $2,000–$4,000 per ear. And on top of that, patients must visit the clinic in-person for their hearing test, consultation, fitting appointment, and adjustment appointments spread out over weeks. This process is even more tedious for those in rural areas. More recently, direct-to-consumer companies have offered affordable “one-size-fits-most” alternatives to traditional hearing aid purchases. But none have been customized to the consumer’s specific hearing needs, until now. Bluetooth hearing aids are here.
What are Bluetooth Hearing Aids?
Bluetooth technology seems to be everywhere these days. If you’re wondering what exactly Bluetooth means, you’re not alone. Bluetooth is a wireless technology that connects devices to one another.
For a hearing aid with Bluetooth, this wireless technology can be used to connect your hearing aids to your smartphone or tablet, giving you the ability to customize and control your hearing from your mobile device. Bluetooth hearing aids are the hearing device of the future, and we’re happy to bring the future to you.
Personalized for Your Unique Needs
The new LifeEar® CORE is the first hearing aid that can be quickly and easily programmed to suit your individual needs—all without leaving home.
Based on your ability to hear a series of tones, its companion mobile app creates a personal hearing profile and then automatically calculates and programs your optimal settings via Bluetooth. This process can be repeated at any time to accommodate changes in your hearing, eliminating the need for regular adjustments at a hearing clinic.
Fine-tune with the LifeEar App
The free LifeEar app allows fine-tuning either by the user or remotely by LifeEar’s technical support team. Through the app, you can:
- Discreetly change the volume or listening program (Automatic, Quiet, Conversation or Restaurant), enabling easier and less conspicuous adjustments than using the small buttons on the hearing aid.
- Fine-tune each listening environment using an advanced settings option that can change the amount of noise reduction, the sound direction and the high/low frequency settings with a few taps.
- Request remote assistance from a LifeEar specialist to adjust the hearing profile for you.
Constant Development of New Features
The great thing about the LifeEar app is we’re able to update the product without inconveniencing our customers or requiring them to spend more money on a new device. LifeEar’s development team is passionate about helping customers solve their hearing problems and are always working to roll out new features.
“Everything we do starts with what makes sense for our users,” said David Maslowski, LifeEar software development lead. “Feedback from real people using the app lets us continuously improve the experience. We’re trying to make sure that this is a product people understand and that they’re getting the maximum value out of their hearing aids.”
The next upcoming feature for the LifeEar app is the Hear Coach—an in-app coaching program with lessons to help you feel comfortable using the CORE. This may be especially helpful for first time hearing aid users who are getting used to wearing a hearing aid. The Hear Coach will also provide advice on the different programs and general tips for success with your new Bluetooth hearing aids.
A Free Trial Backed By Expert Support
You won’t know if a hearing aid will work for you and your lifestyle until you hear the difference yourself in your daily routine—at home, in the office, running errands, in restaurants, etc. That’s why the LifeEar comes with a 45-day risk-free trial, just like all of our MDHearingAid products.
Our LifeEar experts will provide free one-on-one support during your 45 day trial and throughout the life of your hearing aid.
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