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Made For iPhone’ Hearing Aids Coming Early 2014

By Adnan Farooqu, (

Most people might be unaware of the fact that Denmark supplies half of the world’s hearing aids. A lot of companies based in the country have consistently been working to leverage modern technology to help those who are hard of hearing or those who can’t hear at all. GN ReSound, a company based in Copenhagen, Denmark, has worked closely with Apple on its LiNX hearing aids which are the world’s first “Made for iPhone” hearing aids. The technology is actually quite impressive, these are the first hearing aids of any kind that can connect directly to a smartphone without needing a “streamer” that acts as a transmitter between a hearing aid and a Bluetooth equipped mobile phone.

LiNX hearing aids can be used to stream music and as a two-way headset for phone calls, its settings can be adjusted through a companion app for iOS. They communicate with the device through the 2.4 gigahertz band using Bluetooth 4.0 LE. LiNX is going to ship early next year, it will be priced a tad over $3,000 per hearing aid. Apple has also been working with other companies on similar products, William Demant in Denmark and Starkey Technologies in Minnesota have been working with Apple to create similar “Made for iPhone” products.

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AT&T Updates Text Accessibility Plans

Information provided by AT&T 11/8/2012

AT&T customers who are deaf and hard of hearing and have a qualifying Data Pro Text Accessibility Plan (TAP) will now be able to use FaceTime over AT&T’s 4G network. Both new and existing customers with Data Pro TAP plans who want to enable this feature should contact the National Center for Customers with Disabilities at 1-866-241-6568 (Voice) or 1-866-241-6567 (TTY).

Customers who prefer to use FaceTime exclusively over WiFi do not need to contact the National Center for Customers with Disabilities. New customers who would like to subscribe to a TAP plan must provide proof of hearing loss.   ...continue reading "AT&T Updates Text Accessiblity Plans"