(PRWEB UK) 8 February 2013
Apple has filed a new patent application to introduce hearing-aid detection in its iPhones which will identify if the current device user is wearing a hearing aid, according to Apple Insider.
The aim is for the iPhone to automatically determine whether or not the device is being used by a hearing impaired user who is wearing a hearing aid.
It will introduce a proximity sensor and magnetic field sensor to the phone to detect a nearby hearing aid. The proximity sensor will detect a change in distance of the iPhone to the user’s ear, while a magnetic field will detect movement of the iPhone relevant to the user’s ear.
The device will select between normal audio mode of operation and hearing aid compatible mode of operation based on a change in detected distance and movement of iPhone relative to the hearing aid.
A spokesperson from Hidden Hearing said:
“It’s great to see that Apple are recognising the needs of hearing aid wearers and are looking to develop the right software to make using a mobile phone much easier for hearing aid wearers.”
With more than 40 years’ experience in treating hearing loss, Hidden Hearing is entrusted with the care of more than 100,000 people each year. The firm has 84 hearing centres across the UK, all catering for a range of needs and budgets. Specialising in hearing tests and hearing aids, the company also offer a variety of hearing aid accessories and in 2005, became the first dedicated hearing retailer to be recognised as an Investor in People.