Hearing aids have usually only features one function: allowing the wearer to hear sounds around them. Thanks to Denmark-based GN ReSound, now those in need of hearing aid can do more than just listen in with them — they can connect it directly to their Apple smart device to control volume, receive directions, and find the hearing implement if it gets lost.
Announced at the Mobile World Conference, ResSound LiNX is a new set of hearing aids that connects to the iPhone, iPod, or iPad so that the wearer can control them remotely. The device also gives the wearer updates on traffic, helps them find directions by remembering specific sounds, or locate local restaurants, all at the touch of a button.
Their small design and remote controlled feature conceal the fact that a person is wearing the device, while also allowing the person to set the aid to the exact specifications they want. If the device is ever lost or misplaced, the user can use their smartphone to find it using GPS tracking. The hearing aids have not yet been released to the public and will cost over $3,500 but they will be one of the most advanced model in the smart hearing aid market.