Let’s look at what an app is first! Before you start telling me about hearing aid apps.
The word app is a noun, and it’s short for “application.” Application here refers to a software application — in other words, an app is a software program.
But an app is not just any old software program — it’s a special type of software program.
An app typically refers to software used on a smartphone or mobile device like the Android, iPhone, or iPad, as in “mobile app” or “iPhone app.”
But the phrase “Web app” or “online app” is also used in a business setting as an abbreviation for “Web application” or “online application” — meaning software that you access and use while online, via a browser, instead of software residing on your computer (like Microsoft Word).
Put simply an app is a software program you use online or on mobile devices.
Today, hearing aid manufacturers have apps available to use with their hearing aids. You can download onto your phone. These apps may be used as a remote control for your hearing aids. If you have a smartphone, you don’t need a remote control or volume control on your hearing aid anymore. This may mean you can have a smaller hearing aid.
Other hearing aid apps are also able to provide you with information about your personal hearing aids and help you troubleshoot any problems you may have with it.
Some of these apps will work direct with your hearing aids, while others have to have a go between device called a streamer to work with your hearing aids.
Have you tried to use an app with your hearing aid? How did you find it?
If not, let Nolene know at your yearly visit and she will happily show you how to set it up? Or better still make an appointment with her. Love to hear your story with hearing aid apps?
Nolene Nielson is an experienced Australian Audiologist who is passionate about Hearing Well. This article was first published at hearingcareprofessionals.com.au.