New Android Feature the Hearing Impaired Absolutely Need to Know About

New Android Feature the Hearing Impaired Absolutely Need to Know About

by | Nov 13, 2020 | Hearing Aids, Hearing Loss, Industry News, Patient Resources, Technology

There are so many technological breakthroughs every day that it can be hard to keep up with all of them.

A recent development by Android is one that those who are hard of hearing absolutely need to know about because it could be of great use to them, even possibly averting catastrophe.

New Technological Breakthrough

Android has a new feature on their phones that are version 10.0 or later that enables push notifications when important sounds are detected that may require the user’s attention.

In other words, specific sounds that are audible to the phone would be picked up on, and the phone’s owner would receive a message to inform them. For instance: ‘water is running.’

Other sounds that may trigger the notification system would be things such as alarms or barking dogs.

In this way, those who are hard of hearing (or even people who are temporarily unable to hear because they are wearing earbuds, for instance) are alerted to sounds that may indicate a problem or a matter that requires immediate attention.

Imagine that your dishwasher suddenly begins to leak, but you can’t hear or see it.

The damage to your kitchen could be extensive! But with Android’s new feature, you stand a good chance of being alerted to the problem before it becomes a crisis.

Other Alerts for the Hearing Impaired

This recent development is far from the only useful one for those with hearing impairment.

Several other devices serve to alert or assist users.

Perhaps the most crucial of these devices that could literally save the lives of those who own them are fire alarms for the hearing impaired.

These alarms include innovations such as devices that shake beds, vibrate pillows, and strobe lights to awaken people regardless of the degree of their hearing loss so that they can escape injury or death.

Those with significant hearing loss may even be able to get such devices for free, so it is definitely worth looking into them.

Conveniences Never Before Imagined

All is not life or death, however, and there are also numerous devices nowadays that bring enjoyment and convenience to their users’ lives.

For example, there are hearing aids available that allow their wearers to stream music and television directly into their hearing aids to listen comfortably without disturbing those around them.

This technology can also be used for phone calls.

Committed to Serving You

I’m Marcie Jacobs, and for more than 25 years, I have been a practicing audiologist in Southern Maryland and Prince Georges County.

Nearly 10 years ago, I founded Jacobs Audiology to provide superior audiological care to my patients. I attend myriad continuing education courses every year to stay up to date in the ever-changing world of audiology.

I am licensed by the Maryland State Board of Examiners and received my master of science degree in Audiology from Maryland University in 1991.

For further insights about how to link up your hearing aids to your smartphone or any other questions, you may have, contact our team!

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Marcie Jacobs, M.A., F-AAA

Marcie Jacobs has extensive experience in the field of Audiology. She became an audiologist over 25 years ago and has practiced in Southern Maryland and Prince Georges County. Jacobs Audiology was founded in 2011 with the philosophy of providing superior hearing health care for their patients. Her unique combination of empathy and energy result in excellent patient care. Marcie Jacobs obtained her Master of Science degree in Audiology from the University of Maryland in 1991.

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