Technology is no stranger to taking risks and making drastic leaps to redefine how we interact and communicate. That’s no different when it comes to Android’s recent leap to ensuring those with hearing loss can be aware of when they receive notifications.

Through push notifications, vibrations, and more, Android has increased the likelihood of grabbing somebody’s attention when a sound occurs that they might not hear. This accessibility feature includes providing things such as vibrations on your wrists, a flashing light, and more.

The notifications are designed to detect important sounds and alert you and can be adjusted within the settings to further assist your needs.

Why Are These Notifications Important?

Over 15% of adults in America that are 18+ have reported trouble hearing. That’s roughly 37.5 million people, meaning that Android’s new push notification system creates a higher chance they’ll be aware when they receive a text message or phone call.

This feature can also alert them when things like fire alarms go off, somebody is knocking on the door, or your clothes are done. Having access to these notifications not only makes communicating easier, but it can be a great addition to somebody’s safety.

Three main reasons Android’s sound notifications are important are as follows.

  1. Convenience – Adjustments being made can allow you to hook things such as hearing aids directly to your phone via Bluetooth, making communication easier but also allowing you to stream things like videos from business meetings or tv shows for entertainment.
  2. Safety – The latest adjustments not only alert you when fire alarms go off, but they react to sounds and could alert you when a potential burglary occurs. This can assist in making you aware you may need to get to safety and call 911.
  3. Communication – Improve communication by adjusting the setting in your hearing aids. By connecting them to your phone via Bluetooth, this new notification system could improve your ability to communicate. Answer phone calls, texts, emails, and more when the vibration alerts you that you’ve received a new message.

One Giant Leap For Mankind

It may not seem like this is a huge step in the realm of technology, but Android’s sound notification is making great strides to making things easier and more accessible for those suffering from hearing loss.

With tech companies making the adjustments to be all-inclusive with their products, features like this can be life-changing. It can make communicating with loved ones easier and help protect them from things they may not hear or be aware of.

Pair Your Device Today

For assistance and more information on how to pair your hearing aids to your smartphone device, contact us today. One of our team members will be glad to walk you through the steps and assist you in changing how you receive notifications.

We look forward to helping you make these adjustments and keeping you up to date with the latest advances in technology for anyone suffering from hearing loss.

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Jennifer LaBorde Au.D., CCC-A

Dr. Jennifer LaBorde is an audiologist who has been in practice since 1999. She has a Masters in Communication Disorders from University of South Alabama, Bachelor’s of Science in Communication Disorders from the University of Mississippi, a Doctorate in Audiology from the University of Florida and holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology.
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