Author Topic: Your iphone might be able to help you cope with one-sided deafness  (Read 321 times)

Machia2332

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I got really excited when I heard this news about a feature of iOS 12. 

A feature of iOS12 not announced at the latest WWDC event is a feature called Live Listen.

Live Listen was a utility previously reserved for use with hearing aids, but the new iOS version allows you to use it to listen via AirPods (Apple's Bluetooth earbuds) to the audio received by your iPhone's microphone.   :o

This sounds like a very affordable alternative to a bi-cross hearing aid for people trying to cope with one-sided deafness.  :)
If you have a compatible iPhone, the AirPods cost about $160. 

I've included a link to the article where I discovered this.  iOS 12 is predicted to be available during September 2018, the Beta version should be available 6/26/18. 

https://apple.news/A_ysoFKZARXa5_rv-xkAy1Q


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Re: Your iphone might be able to help you cope with one-sided deafness
« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2018, 08:56:45 pm »
Technology solves a lot of problems.

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Re: Your iphone might be able to help you cope with one-sided deafness
« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2018, 08:38:37 pm »
I feel there is a tremendous opportunity to tap the computing power of today's mobile devices to control and manage hearing systems. A hope for the future is that new companies will exploit this. Hearing aid technology has been constrained for decades in producing devices whose primary focus is to be as small and invisible as possible. As the younger generation matures and begins to require hearing assistance I believe they will care less about the size and configuration of the microphone array needed to support a superior level of sound capture and reproduction technology. All one has to do is observe the many kinds of headphones and ear buds that young people have permanently stuck in their ears. The designers of future hear aid systems will be free of the associated stigma that hampered previous generations. One day people will marvel at how limited our hearing aids and Bicros systems are.

Machia2332

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Re: Your iphone might be able to help you cope with one-sided deafness
« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2018, 03:40:25 pm »
I downloaded the Beta version of iOS12 on my iPhone to try out the live listen feature.  I noticed that in quiet places where I can hear people easily, there seems to be an echo when the audio from the iPhone mic goes to the air pod on my hearing side.  I think the Live Listen feature will work best in problem hearing areas like restaurants, bars, etc.  I did notice one time while outdoors where it helped me hear things on my deaf side that I normally wouldn't.  That was a cool feeling. 
***The other cool feature with the Air Pods is that for someone with one-sided deafness, the sound quality with music playback seems much better than other ear buds.  From an article that I read, normal ear buds split the sound into left and right channels, so that if you're wearing just one, you get a partial range of sound that is meant for one side in stereo playback.  Air Pods are designed so that they detect when you're just wearing one of them and you get a broader spectrum of sound on that side.  I'm enjoying music with them more than I have in a long time.   :)

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Re: Your iphone might be able to help you cope with one-sided deafness
« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2018, 01:29:05 pm »
I would like to ask if anyone know about another EarPods that just comes out this year. This one seems compete with AirPods market.  Will it be comparable to Apple brand’s LiveListen feature once OS 12 is available this fall?  It’s much cheaper though. Here is the link.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07DJ8B11J/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A33ZEMIFFMF9OL
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Re: Your iphone might be able to help you cope with one-sided deafness
« Reply #5 on: July 16, 2018, 07:54:15 am »
As someone who's tried and didn't end up using CROS and BICROS hearing aids, I'm very interested in this possible aid to those of us with single sided deafness. The things I don't like about CROS aids (and I know I'm not alone) is that

A) I would really only potentially benefit from them in very specific situations, yet you kind of need to have them on you at all times which is  drag. The iPhone on the other hand is something I usually have with me anyway, and I do often carry a pair (I know...) of wireless earphones as well.

B) When I do use the CROS, because I want to hear what the person to the right of me in a crowded environment like a restaurant or party is saying, I end up hearing much more noise than speech. The sound of knives scraping against plates from across the room is louder than it should be, and the person talking to me gets drowned out among all the noise. Being able to use the iPhone as a microphone that I can place close to the person talking should help with that.

C) Hearing aid batteries are expensive, short-lived, and a pain in the neck. One more thing to carry around. iPhones and airPods are rechargeable and that's something I do anyway.

D) In spite of custom fitting, etc. I find the sensation of wearing hearing aids extremely difficult to get used to as they go so deep into your ear canal and block any unprocessed sounds from coming in. No problem wth the shape of Apple's earphones though.

So potentially this sounds like it might be a great solution to those situations when single sided deafness makes me feel isolated and unable to communicate with anyone. I do wonder whether (and if so why) the Live Listen feature is only compatible with airPods and not any other wireless headphone/earphone system. AirPods are quite expensive and I'd rather continue using my existing wireless bone-conductive headphones for now.

I'd be extremely interested to hear people's experiences using Live Listen as an aid for single-sided deafness. I'm especially interested in reading whether there is noticeable lag using the Live Listen / airPods combination.

 


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