Mon10202014

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Local business offers smartphone-compatible hearing aid


Courtesy of Pacific Hearing Service
Pacific Hearing Service in Los Altos now offers the LiNX hearing device, left. Users can wear the hearing aid while adjusting its volume and geotagging sound settings through some Apple-compatible devices, including the iPhone 5.

A downtown Los Altos business is offering a hearing device that can be controlled with the touch of a smartphone.

Pacific Hearing Service at 496 First St., Suite 120, is now featuring the LiNX hearing device, the creation of Danish company ReSound. LiNX, according to company officials, allows users with hearing loss to use Apple devices, such as the iPhone 5 and some newer versions of the iPad, to find and adjust the hearing device – and even directly stream phone calls into them.

The LiNX – which uses a SmartRange 2.4GHz wireless chip – was the first hearing instrument launched at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Pacific Hearing Service previously worked with the company – then based in Redwood City – to provide consulting and beta testing on some of its initial devices.

The LiNX device offers the following capabilities.

• Direct streaming: Make and receive phone calls with no additional devices to connect hearing aids to smartphones. Outgoing calls can be streamed directly to LiNX. The device can also be used for streaming music, podcasts and, audiobooks from an iPhone 5, iPod or iPad.

• Remote-control use: Wearers can use their iPhones as a remote control to adjust volume, access specialized listening programs or adjust the bass and treble of the LiNX device.

• Geotagging: Users can engage the geotagging function to save specifically adjusted sound settings for noisy restaurants and other locations frequented by wearers. Upon entering the specific location, the user’s phone or tablet will ask to adjust the device to the specific settings previously saved.

• Locating lost devices: Users can track and find lost LiNX devices through their compatible phones.

Pacific Hearing Service carries a similar product made by hearing aid manufacturer Starkey. The product, which launched a few months after the ReSound LiNX, also offers people with hearing difficulties a way to connect wirelessly to some Apple products.

For more information, visit pacifichearingservice.com.

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