ReSound, Bloomington, Minn, announced at the International CES conference in Las Vegas on January 6, 2015 that the smart hearing aid technology found in its ReSound portfolio of smart hearing aids will be available on the Android platform via the ReSound Smart app. Now compatible with the popular Samsung Galaxy S5, ReSound reports that its smart hearing aids will expand to include other Android devices later in the year.

The company says that the new Android-ready hearing aid capability, which will officially launch in February 2015, allows users to tailor their hearing experiences to match their personal preferences and needs. ReSound’s smart hearing aids are also made to be compatible with Apple’s iOS line of devices (iPhone®, iPad® and iPod touch®). The company’s activities at the 2015 CES conference include preview demonstrations of the ReSound Smart app on the Samsung Galaxy S5 as well as its compatibility with Apple’s iOS-enabled devices.

The ReSound Smart app will be available for download on Google Play in February 2015. It is designed to allow users to set preferred volume levels, adjust treble bass settings, and geo-tag frequently visited places to automatically adjust to specific acoustics in different listening environments. Some of its other features listed by the company include:

  • The ‘Find My Hearing Aids’ function to pinpoint hearing aids if misplaced
  • Check hearing aid battery levels
  • Sync hearing aids with other ReSound devices (such as the ReSound Unite™ TV Streamer)

“We were so pleased to introduce ReSound’s smart hearing aid technology to the Apple community earlier this year,” said Kim Herman, president of ReSound US. “And now, with an entirely new set of Android users having access to the same discreet and customized hearing experience, we’re making great headway toward our commitment to enhance accessibility for people with hearing loss. Compatibility with Android devices like the Samsung Galaxy S5 will mean that our groundbreaking hearing aid technology can now be utilized by even more of the millions of people seeking new and betters solutions to address their hearing loss.”

According to the company, in addition to its smartphone compatibility, a number of other technologies are found in ReSound’s portfolio of smart hearing solutions, including ReSound LiNX, ReSound LiNX TS for those with tinnitus, and ReSound ENZO, for those with severe to profound hearing loss. ReSound reportedly offers direct streaming of sound from iOS devices (iPhone, iPad and iPod touch), allowing wearers to utilize their hearing aids to talk on the phone and listen to music in high-quality stereo sound. The company encourages Android users to utilize the ReSound Phone Clip+ for the enhanced set of streaming capabilities to their ReSound hearing aid.

For more information about the ReSound line of smart hearing aids, visit the Resound LiNX website. CES attendees will find ReSound at the Sands Expo (Tech West) Level 2, Booth #72943.

Source: GN ReSound