iPhone® compatibility provides convenience for hearing aid users

Beltone, a leader in hearing aids for the past 75 years, announced today the launch of the Beltone Legend hearing aid, which features new technology and hearing innovations that make it the most advanced and versatile hearing aid available today. With the Beltone Legend launch, Beltone now offers the first Made for iPhone® custom hearing aids available on the market.

“As we celebrate this milestone company anniversary, we are excited to introduce our leading-edge hearing innovation,” said Beltone President Todd Murray. “Beltone Legend demonstrates our ongoing commitment to put the latest science and technology into service for the hearing impaired.”

With support for Made for iPhone hearing aids built right into Apple iOS devices, users can answer and talk on the phone, make FaceTime® calls and listen to music in high-quality stereo sound. They can also easily access hearing aid features from within the device itself, including volume, battery life, presets, and Live Listen, which uses the iPhone’s built-in microphone to deliver sound to the hearing aid.

Two ground-breaking Beltone Legend features are uniquely designed to help users build a three-dimensional sound picture in their brain, making it easier to focus on conversations.

  • Personal Sound ID mimics the natural sound level difference between your ears, which can help users identify where sounds originate
  • CrossLink Directionality enhances sound quality by monitoring the sound environment and automatically selecting the most natural speech focus settings

To reflect the growing trend of mobile personal health tracking, Beltone designed Beltone Legend hearing aids with the capability to receive clear, clean sound streamed from an iPhone, iPad® or iPod touch® without any additional adapters, essentially turning the user’s hearing aid into tiny wireless headphones. By downloading the Beltone HearPlus app, users can even adjust their settings to match any listening environment, via their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Several additional advanced features automatically adjust sounds to reflect the listener’s environment. Through revolutionary hearing technology, Beltone Legend makes intricate adjustments automatically, removing the need for inconvenient manual changes. Beltone Legend hearing aids intuitively eliminate background noise, boost higher-pitched sounds and limit unnecessary feedback, among other features.

“We are thrilled to introduce revolutionary technology that can help people hear better in any environment,” said John Cariola, Beltone Director of Product Marketing. “Beltone Legend represents our focused effort to develop innovative features that help people take greater control of their hearing.”

Beltone is recognizing its 75th anniversary in 2015 and will celebrate the company’s legacy at the Beltone National Meeting in April.