How to Stream Siri Notifications Directly to Your Hearing Aids [ReSound Tech Tips]

11/04/2022 | Hearing Aids, Patient Resources, Technology, Troubleshooting

With iOS 16 recently becoming available on all Apple devices, it has created a new opportunity to better integrate the digital world with your real world.

In this article, you’re going to learn a ReSound top tip to discover how you can have Siri stream notifications directly to your hearing aids while the iPhone or iPad is locked.

What Does This Mean?

It means that if you receive a text message, have a missed call, or have any form of significant notifications on your Apple devices, then you will hear an announcement directly in your hearing aids.

For example, if you receive a text message, then you will hear a notification and the text message will be read to you via Siri.

It means more hands-off communication, and it’s yet another step in the right direction to ensure that hearing technology doesn’t just amplify your hearing but also amplifies your life!

How to Set It Up

The default setting for Siri notifications in iOS 16 is OFF.

You can enable the notifications in two ways:

  1. Settings > Notifications > Announce Notifications. Toggle ON. Under Announce When Connected To, toggle Hearing Aids setting ON.
  2. Settings > Accessibility > Siri > Announce Notifications on Speaker. Toggle ON and tap Announce Notifications. (This will take you to the options in the above and also will use the iPhone speaker if no device is connected.)

When activating this functionality for hearing aids, you can also specify what specific apps will announce notifications.

Siri will announce these notifications while streaming audio such as music, reducing the volume of the streamed audio during the announcement.

The audio will be restored to the previous volume once the notification announcement is completed. Siri announcements will not interrupt phone or ReSound Live Assistance calls.

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Q&A about Siri Notifications

Q: Is there a way to change settings for announcing notifications so you can announce a new text message but not read the entire message?

A: No, once the Announce Notifications option is enabled, Siri will read the entire message.

Q: What happens if the patient is in a ReSound Live Assistance call with their hearing care professional and they receive a notification? Does the notification come through?

A: In a ReSound Live Assistance call, the announcement is silenced and is not streamed to the hearing aids.

Q: Is Siri active during the notification announcement?

A: Yes. You can ask Siri to respond while the announcement is streaming and for a few seconds after the notification. Activating Siri this way stops the streaming of the announcement.

Q: When I set up announcements for specific apps, some allow for selecting “Time Sensitive and Direct Messages.” What does “Time Sensitive” mean?

A: “Time Sensitive” notifications are a special class of notifications that are given higher priority. These notifications only stay on the lock screen for one hour. There is no concrete definition for how an app defines time sensitive and this is determined by the individual app. ReSound Smart 3D does not classify any of its notifications as time sensitive or direct messages.

Need Help?

If you need any further help with maximizing the connection between your Apple devices and your ReSound hearing technology, then we’re here to help!

Simply call us at (541) 612-7555 and our team will be delighted to assist.

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Erika Shakespeare CCC-A

Erika Shakespeare, CCC-A, specializes in pediatric and adult diagnostics and amplification. Working with adults to help manage tinnitus and hearing loss since 2002, she is an expert in both of these areas. Additionally, she is a pediatric audiology mentor and educator for pediatric audiologists across the country and is one of the most respected experts on pediatric audiology.

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