How Virtual Assistants Can Assist Those with Hearing Loss

How Virtual Assistants Can Assist Those with Hearing Loss

In Uncategorized by Jennifer G. Mayer, Au.D., CCC-A

Jennifer G. Mayer, Au.D., CCC-A
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Modern hearing aids represent some amazing breakthroughs in the technology of treating hearing loss. Compact and high-performing digital sound processing delivers a crisp and nuanced audio boost custom programmed to meet the needs of your hearing challenges. Not only are hearing aids better than ever at helping you recover your hearing, modern hearing aids are also built to integrate seamlessly with today’s technology. 

Amongst the most compelling benefits that digital integration offers to hearing aid users is the ability to take advantage of virtual assistants such as Apple’s Siri or Amazon’s Alexa. Both Bluetooth-equipped and built-for-iPhone hearing aids offer the possibility of integrated streaming audio from virtual assistants.

Meet Your New Helper

Many large tech platforms have used advances in voice recognition and digital learning to develop powerful and effective virtual assistants. Two of the most widely recognized are Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa, but there are others as well, including Microsoft’s Cortana, Google Assistant, and Samsung’s Bixby. What all of these virtual assistants have in common is that they are powerful voice-activated platforms that can assist you in a wide range of basic tasks, from managing your email and phone messages to checking the weather or researching a statistic. 

A virtual assistant makes it easier to keep up with life and has distinct advantages such as allowing you to access the assets of your smartphone while driving, and allowing you to compose hands-free text and emails on-the-go. 

Built For Accessibility

For people with hearing loss, the idea of relying on a voice-driven virtual assistant may seem intimidating – but it doesn’t have to be! More and more, hearing aids can be paired with virtual assistants to stream sound directly to your ear canal. This improves comprehension and focus, and can help you take advantage of all the features virtual assistants offer. Virtual assistants can also respond to requests to repeat information as well as access various digital tools and platforms with voice commands. 

For those with mobility and coordination challenges, virtual voice assistants can help perform tasks that would otherwise be difficult, such as generating fluid transcriptions rather than having to interact with a keypad. People with combined hearing and coordination impairment can use hearing aids paired with virtual assistants to accomplish a wide variety of tasks that may be frustrating otherwise, from making phone calls to setting up appointments, to accessing the internet.

While there are currently hearing aid models built with iPhone pairing in mind, Bluetooth-equipped hearing aids allow users across devices to access the advantages of virtual assistants. With the advent of Bluetooth LE Audio imminent, the cross-platform streaming capacity of hearing aids will certainly expand. If you are considering a new hearing device, discuss options with your audiologist to find hearing aids that can compliment your virtual assistant. 

Taking Advantage of Virtual Assistants

The capabilities of virtual assistants are expanding every day. Voice assistants can be used to help with productivity by making it easy to read and respond to texts and emails. They can also be used to access tools such as driving directions, information from the internet, weather reports and time. You can use a virtual assistant to find locations near to you, such as a quiet local coffee shop or sports equipment store. Virtual assistants can also keep you entertained by streaming music or other audio content like podcasts or audiobooks.

While many at-home virtual assistants come with an at home speaker, Bluetooth pairing makes it easy to adapt your sound preferences for accessibility. Streaming sound, delivered through the customized audio-processing of your hearing aids, can help you reconnect with the things you love to listen to. With the ease and connectivity of virtual assistants, streaming audio is available with the sound of your voice.

Addressing Hearing Loss

If you currently live with the challenges of untreated hearing loss, it is important to understand that treating hearing loss can be transformative. Modern technology is opening up a wide range of accessible digital tools that can make everyday life easier and more enjoyable. From enhanced sound programmed to meet the needs of your hearing loss, to accessing the advantages of a virtual assistant, modern hearing aids are devices that can profoundly change your life. The time to treat hearing loss is now, so talk to us about your next hearing test today!