Danish company GN ReSound has officially unveiled its new iOS-controlled hearing aid, dubbed the ReSound LiNX.
The ReSound LiNX uses Bluetooth technology to pair an ear piece with Apple gadgets to stream voice communications and music. In a demo video, ReSound framed them as "wireless stereo headphones that just happen to be your hearing aids," and showed users placing FaceTime calls and listening to Music on iOS devices, both of which were much easier to hear with the LiNX.
"We saw an opportunity to create the world's best hearing aid by combining the capability of GN ReSound's life-changing technologies with the compatibility and global prevalence of iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch," GN ReSound CEO Lars Viksmoen said in a statement.
News of the ReSound LiNX's development first emerged in November, and it has now officially been unveiled, though pricing and release date were not revealed. Those who want it can sign up for more info on resoundlinx.com.
ReSound said the LiNX is a "Made for iPhone hearing aid," presumably a reference to Apple's Made for iPhone (MFi) licensing program, which provides accessory makers with the hardware components, tools, documentation, technical support, and certification logos needed to integrate with iOS devices.
But the LiNX uses 2.4GHz technology, which ReSound first started experimenting with in 2010 and which Apple incorporated into its iPhones last year, Reuters pointed out in November. Cupertino was shopping around for hearing aid manufacturers that were using 2.4GHz, so "an instant pairing was made," with ReSound, the news service said.
ReSound said the LiNX is the smallest wireless device it has ever manufactured, but promised it is "powerful enough to address 90 per cent of all hearing losses." The LiNX comes in 10 hair colours and skin tones to reduce visibility when placed behind the ear. It also sports five receiver lengths for a precise physical fit and an iSolate Nanotech coating to repel water.
The accompanying ReSound Smart App for iOS allows users to set preferred volumes, as well as treble/bass, and use geo-tagging to save adjustments made in frequently visited places, like home, work, favourite restaurants, or the cinema.
The application also features a "Find My Hearing Aid" function to help pinpoint a misplaced speaker device.
"We are committed to improving people's lives through use of innovative technology and look forward to more people correcting their hearing with this new technology—a triumph in accessibility for the hearing impaired," Viksmoen said.
ReSound said the LiNX will also be marketed as the Beltone First, the sister brand of ReSound, and both will be available from health care professionals.