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A Quick Guide to HearPlus™

A Quick Guide to HearPlus™—the Free App for Beltone First™ Made for iPhone® Hearing Aids

The latest award-winning hearing aids from Beltone wirelessly stream sound from an iPhone®, iPad® or iPod touch®—without the need for an extra device. Hear music, movies, Siri®, GPS directions, phone calls, (just to name a few), in both ears. And, wearers can discreetly control their Beltone First hearing aids with any of the Apple® devices mentioned above*. (fig. 1) Beltone First users can also download the free HearPlus™ app to add a host of features and functionality.

Take a “highlights” tour of HearPlus and see how easy it is to create listening settings for different places, find a lost hearing aid, fine tune music and audio, and more. First, download the HearPlus app from iTunes. You will need iOS 7 or higher. (fig. 2) Upon opening the app, you’ll find the main ‘Programs’ home screen. (fig. 3)

Volume Control—Press the top right-hand button on the home screen to access volume controls. By moving the slider up or down, you can control both hearing aids together. (fig. 4) Or, switch the toggle at the bottom of the screen to adjust the volume for each hearing aid individually. (fig. 5) Back on the home screen, press the top left-hand button for Menu options to adjust treble/bass settings. (fig. 6) To fine-tune your sound, simply slide the controls up or down. (fig. 7) You will find even more functions in the Menu section of the app. (fig. 8) You can access connection information, and check your hearing aid’s battery status. My Places lets you save preferred settings for your favorite places. Your phone’s GPS recognizes when you get to one of those places, so the right setting automatically appears. ‘Finder’ helps you locate a misplaced hearing aid in two ways. In the “map” version of Finder, you can see a street view in case the missing hearing aid was left in your car or at the office. (fig. 9) If you press the hearing aid icon, the app will even give you an address for the hearing aid’s last known location. (fig. 10) If you choose the “nearby” version of Finder, it’s more like a game of “You’re getting hotter or colder.” The sliders rise as you get closer to your instruments. (fig. 11) Back on the menu page, you can choose “My hearing aid” to find helpful tools such as maintenance and troubleshooting tips. (fig. 12) As this small taste of HearPlus has shown, the app is easy to use, provides a lot of convenience, and gives you a discreet way to control your hearing aids. After all, much of your everyday life is spent on your iPhone; why not manage your hearing aids with it, too! Make an appointment to experience Beltone First and HearPlus for yourself.

*Beltone First is compatible with iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPad Air, iPad (4th generation), iPad mini with Retina display, iPad mini and iPod touch (5th generation) using iOS7.X or later. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Siri are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc.

John Cariola, Au.D.
John has been working in the audiology industry since 1983 and has a true love and passion for everything the hearing health world has to offer. He grew up witnessing the British Invasion of The Beatles, The Who, The Kinks, etc. which really means he started out life with sound, really loud sound. And his passion for all sound continues today. John is currently Beltone's Director of Product Management. More About John

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