All Android Users rejoice! Google and ReSound updated their ReSound app to bring direct streaming of music and phone calls directly from your Android device to a ReSound compatible hearing aid via Bluetooth. Although Resound and Android users have been able to pair their hearing aids to their Android devices for some time, those hearing aids were limited just to volume and program changes. ReSound’s new update provides much more versatility for Android users. Here is how you can learn more about the new update and why it might be right for you:

How It Works

Audio Streaming for Hearing Aids are connected to Bluetooth Low Energy oriented channels to provide an instant hearing connection to your Android device without having a serious impact on your device’s battery life.  Because sound is being streamed directly into your hearing aid, you no longer have to worry about not being able to hear somebody over a phone call. Likewise, music quality will have never sounded better, allowing you to enjoy your music like you were a teen again! The new features offered from Audio Streaming Hearing Aids were created to provide ReSound hearing aid users with the best listening quality.

Compatible phones with Android 10

Audio Streaming for Hearing Aids is only available on Android 10 operating systems and above. Here are a few cell phones that are currently compatible with Android 10.

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus/5g
  • Samsung Galaxy S10/e
  • Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus
  • Google Pixel 3/XL
  • Google Pixel 3a/XL
  • Google Pixel 2/XL
  • Google Pixel/XL

If you do not currently own any of these phones, do not worry. Android plans to expand Android 10’s operating system to more phones soon.  Here is a full list of phones that are compatible or plan to be compatible with Android 10 in 2020. If you need a new hearing aid and plan on upgrading your cellular device soon, now would be the perfect time to ask our audiologists about Audio Streaming for Hearing Aids.

How To Connect

Getting Connected

Connecting your hearing aid to your Android 10 device is quite simple. First, you need to go to the Google Play Store and download the ReSound Smart 3D app. Once the app is downloaded, click the “Get Started” tab in the app and follow the on-screen instructions to connect your hearing aid to your device. If you complete the instructions and receive a message saying “all connected,” your device is compatible with your hearing aids and are good to go.

Setting Changes Needed

If you receive a red warning around your “Status,” “My ReSound,”  and “Direct Audio Streaming” icons, your device is not paired correctly. Do not worry. All you need to do is click “Direct Audio Streaming” and follow the on-screen directions to connect properly.

Not Compatible

Unfortunately, if you receive two red warnings around your “My ReSound” and “Direct Audio Streaming” icons, your device is not compatible with the hearing aids. Here is a list of ReSound compatible hearing aids to ensure this error does not occur.

If you have older hearing aids and are an Android user, the newer technology offered by Resound may interest you. At Scottsdale Ears, Nose and Throat, our audiologists are trained to find the perfect hearing aid for any lifestyle or budget. Contact our office to learn more about Audio Streaming for Hearing aids or how hearing aids may be right for you!

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Dr. Natacia N. Howard

Dr. Natacia N. Howard

Natacia is from a small village in northern Wisconsin. She obtained her Doctorate of Audiology (Au.D.) from A.T. Still University – Arizona School of Health Sciences in 2013. She joined Scottsdale Ear, Nose and Throat in 2016 and specializes in vestibular diagnostic and hearing aid fittings. In her spare time, she likes to spend time with her husband, family and friends, cuddle her kitties and play softball.
    You don’t realise you’re walking with a rock in your shoe until you’re able to hear again – Regina’s Story

    Regina has suffered from hearing problems since she was an infant, recognized as regular chronic ear infections. And, as with unfortunate events, she has experienced a multitude of audiology catastrophes.

    It was many years before Regina crossed paths with Scottsdale Ear, Nose & Throat; where her lifetime of hearing problems was addressed effectively and treated with the delicate care that she desperately required.

    Regina’s journey began when she was taken to a regular paediatrician by her mother from a young age. Her ears were, what we describe as an audiologists recipe for disaster, ‘flushed out’.

    This dangerous procedure caused a nasty infection, which spread to her mastoid bone and, at the age of 15, she underwent a tympanoplasty mastoidectomy to stop the infection spreading. This only forbade her future struggles with hearing loss. 

    As with poor diagnosis, Regina was faced with another canaloplasty which didn’t work. Soon after, she received a BAHA, which is a cochlear implant in her skull that acts as a sound processor that detects sound and transforms it into vibrations. 

    However, suffering from a history of poor hearing care, she was unaware of the former issues her ear presented.

    By now, this would be described as any audiologists nightmare. But, we’re proud to have helped Regina on her road to optimum hearing and reconnect her to her loved ones.

    When she arrived at Scottsdale Ear, Nose & Throat it was evident that she was losing hearing on her right side. At this point, she was fitted with a ReSound hearing device, which provided the catalyst to a new and improved hearing.

    The first thing Regina noticed was the indefinite sound she had been making whilst emptying the dishwasher, completely unaware of the noise she was making!

    “I mean, the detail that I can hear now it’s like, Whoa, I didn’t realize I was making that much noise. I need to be quieter!”

    Treated with professional care, Regina received a comprehensive hearing assessment with Dr. Debra Hamila.

    “I just love, love, love Dr. Hamila, she is such a professional and loving person. I was so impressed with the office and what she did with the ReSound, I just love her.”

    Like many others, it takes years for people to realize they have a hearing problem. Regina described this moment as life-changing.

    “You don’t realise you’re walking with a rock in your shoe until you’re able to hear again. Especially now I’m a full-time Grammy Nanny, I can hear so much more and it has enriched my life incredibly.”

    What advice would you give to someone who is deliberating on taking the first step towards better hearing?

    “My advice to them would be to have a hearing test. Especially as we age our hearing goes down. It’s really unfortunate that people carry their pride and are not willing to learn to walk with the rock in their shoe. You don’t realise you’re waking with a rock in your shoe until you’re able to hear again.”

    Regina is one of many patients who has been impacted by our audiological services and we are proud to have been able to provide the tool towards better hearing and a lifetime of many more memories.