Be in Control of Your Hearing Device
Hearing devices are created to amplify sound in a variety of listening situations. Whether you are trying to hear someone that is whispering next to you. Or trying not to hear the children screaming in a restaurant. Your hearing device should accommodate the most difficult of hearing needs.
Usually hearing devices will have automatic volume control, but you are also able to adjust the volume on your hearing device manually. These manual controls are often shaped like small levers, or buttons on some devices.
With the advancement in modern technology, there are now a selection of apps that users can sync their hearing devices too. This will let you use your smartphone to configure your hearing device volume remotely, through the app. Products like Nuheara’s IQbuds2 MAX, allow the user to adjust individual sounds, such as background noise or voices. This sets these types of devices apart from traditional hearing aids which are known to amplify all sounds.
Recommendations When Adjusting Volume Levels
If your hearing device is one where the volume can be manually controlled through a lever or button, here are some tips from widex.com;
- Push the lever, or upper part of the control, upwards to gradually raise the volume.
- Push the lever, or lower part of the volume control, downwards to gradually lower the volume.
- Each time you operate the volume control, you will hear a beep – unless you have chosen to deactivate tones.
- When you raise the volume, you will hear a higher beep-tone for each step the volume is raised.
- When you lower the volume, you will hear a lower beep-tone for each step the volume is lowered.
- A steady tone will sound when the maximum or minimum volume is reached.
It is important to understand that any adjustment that is made to the volume will be cancelled when you turn your hearing device off.
Adapting to the Different Volumes
You may find that your hearing device is not a completely accurate representation of your hearing previously. Because of this, it may be a bit overwhelming and difficult to distinguish between various sounds.
Be sure to take the time and get use to the volume and sounds that you’re hearing. Start by wearing your hearing device for short periods of time. Just one to two hours, in situations where there are few people and little noise. Make sure the volume is low, giving yourself time to adjust to the new sensations, and increase the volume as necessary.
Voluming Enhancing Features on the IQbuds2 MAX
The IQbuds2 MAX is a hearing device where the volume is controlled through an app on your phone. Two of the products primary volume control features are World Volume and SINC. Both these features work to create a personalized listening environment for the user which is tailored to their needs and wants.
The World Volume function on the IQbuds2 MAX enables the user to control the level of surrounding sound they want to hear. This enables the amount of noise from surrounding environments to be adjusted so that the sound levels best suit the user.
To engage this feature, simply open up the IQbuds App on your device and tap ‘World’ on the bottom panel. Make sure that the World feature is ‘ON.’ Using the World Volume dial, you can either increase or decrease the amount of environmental sound you want to hear.
Another feature that allows users to focus on sounds that are most important to them is SINC. With SINC, standing for Speech In Noise Control, you can reduce background noise and clarify speech. With Directional Focus, you can focus specifically on sounds directly in front of you. Using these controls is very simple. To access the SINC feature, in the top menu, tap SINC. Each environmental preset has a default SINC mode. You can turn SINC on and off using the centre button. Turn the SINC dial to the left to increase the ambient noise surrounding you. Turn to the right to reduce background noise and elevate speech around you.