Help when you need it, for those with seizure disorders.
SeizAlarm is a user-friendly iPhone and Apple Watch app which allows those with epilepsy and other seizure disorders to alert emergency contacts when they need help*.
- Seizure detection. Seizure-like detection is done via the motion sensors on the iPhone and/or motion sensors or heart rate sensor on the Apple Watch. Sensitivity controls allow you to set customized settings specific to you. When a potential seizure is detected, emergency contacts will automatically be contacted via multiple channels (text message, phone call, and email).
- Send immediate help requests manually to emergency contacts.
- Also available is a manually activated time delayed help request feature (via the "Time Delayed Help" button) that is helpful for those that have localized seizures (auras) that may turn into generalized tonic-clonic seizures. You are able to custom set the delay time in the settings. When a seizure warning is initiated you will see a countdown which can be extended via the press of a button. If you end up becoming unresponsive due to a seizure then once the timer ends then a help request will be sent.
- When a help request is sent your contacts will be contacted with GPS coordinates (if available), so they know exactly where you are.
- You can are also able to track your seizure events with robust logging features. A log dashboard gives you a high-level view of past events. You can also export reports to provide to your doctor.
- SeizAlarm also supports multiple emergency contact support, so more than one person can be contacted when you need help.
- Optional audible siren and/or custom voice message that plays if a help request is sent.
- International phone number support for emergency contact(s).
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Please give us feedback on how the seizure detection is working for you. The more feedback we receive will provide us the information we need to improve detection and reduce false alarms in future versions.
If you have any questions or have feedback, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. We want to make SeizAlarm the best that it can be, so feedback from our users is very important to us.
- Does not support a Watch set up with "Family Setup".
- Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.
- Recommended placement of the iPhone for seizure detection is on the arm using an arm band.
- Long use of Watch based seizure-like motion and elevated heart rate detection may dramatically decrease watch battery life.
*New accounts receive a 2 week trial of the "Alerts" service which allows the user to manually or automatically (via seizure-like motion detection) request help from emergency contacts. Once the trial ends, the user must subscribe to the "Alerts" service to continue to have the ability to request help. The "Alerts" service is an auto-renewing cost of $14.99/month or $149.99/year.
* Subscription automatically renews unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current period
* The payment will be charged to the user's iTunes Account at confirmation of purchase. The account will be charged for renewal within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period, and identify the cost of the renewal.
* Subscriptions may be managed by the user and auto-renewal may be turned off by going to the user's Account Settings after purchase.
* No cancellation of the current subscription is allowed during the active subscription period. Any unused portion of a free trial period, if offered, will be forfeited when the user purchases a subscription to that publication. The robust seizure log features require no subscription.
End User License Agreement: http://www.seizalarm.com/seizalarm_EULA.pdf
We are blown away by the amount of positive feedback that has come in after our release of version 5.0. This version includes just a few minor bug fixes.
Version 5.0 features reimagined Interfaces, focused on better usability:
A seizure detection application needs to be very easy to use. You should not have to read buttons or other text shown on the app, because given the circumstances you may not have time. SeizAlarm 5.0 will utilize color to help you identify buttons and animations to illustrate what the app is doing.
- Manual Help Request Buttons:
The time-delayed help button is now yellow and the help now button is red making them easier to distinguish. They are also now bigger to make them much easier to tap.
- Animated Visualizations:
The help request countdown screen on both devices now feature an animated progress indicator that allows you to easily see how much time list left before the help request is sent. Once a help request is sent, there is an animated pulse showing that the help request has been sent to your contacts.
- Emergency contacts can be notified if the Watch goes offline when monitoring is enabled.
- Visual indicator added on the iPhone letting you know if Watch monitoring is enabled.
- Heart rate and seizure length now added to the event log automatically.
- Heart rate bpm recorded is the highest or lowest it was during the event.
- The timestamp in the log has been simplified and easier to understand.
- Smoother flow to the process when ending a help request.
- Better in-app messages, which also includes error messages.
- Easier to use selector for numbers within the settings.
- Many other interface interaction improvements, enhancements, optimizations, and refinements.
- Bug squashing
Ratings and Reviews
When originally downloaded this app I was extremely disappointed in it. It was draining my battery and the alarm was going off with every motion. They have made significant updates lately to this app. I also emailed back and forth with a great customer service rep who helped me to get all of my settings exactly where they needed to be to work properly for me. She didn’t give up until everything was working exactly right. I have only had 2 seizures ever and both have happened at night in my sleep. Thanks to the wonderful customer representative who helped me get all of my settings correct I can give my husband piece of mind while I am sleeping because he knows that he will be alerted if I have a seizure. (Before the representative helped me with my settings the app had missed alerting him of the two seizures that I had had and I was getting ready to delete and cancel my membership. )
Developer Response ,
Battery life is certainly something we're sensitive to, and it is true that we do not control how Apple manages battery usage. We have optimized battery life as much as Apple will allow us, and we will continue to explore ways to decrease battery consumption. We have had users report that overnight they were getting 9+ hours out of one charge. You do have to be careful of what other applications or services are running at the same time. The apps will compete for resources. We have tips on optimizing battery life listed on our website at http://www.seizalarm.com/support. Always feel free to reach out to us for continued support.
I had an embrace/empatica watch stop working without any indication that it had stopped working until I had a seizure. I would never trust *that* product again so I took the jump to get an Apple Watch SPECIFICALLY for this app and I have to say it’s the best decision I’ve made. I do need to reach out to support though - had an issue where I couldn’t cancel the alert because the button wasn’t working? But I just want to say for anyone wondering? I basically dropped $500 (that frankly I don’t have the money for - but it’s for my safety and again I would never trust a product that stops working with no indication at all possible to know..) for this and it’s been worth EVERY penny. Thank you to the developers and every good review convincing me that the extremely large purchase was good enough only to have it proven approx a day after with another breakthrough seizure. You guys are amazing!
Developer Response ,
Thank you Mikayla! We are so very happy to hear that the app and the service have worked so well for you.
I’ve had 14 grand mal seizures in the last 16 years of my 34-year life, which is not too many compared to some of the more unfortunate amongst us. Living with a seizure disorder is not easy—my neurologist looked at me point blank the other day and said, “seizures kill people”— but if you, like me, suffer from a seizure disorder, there are ways to protect yourself.
1) Sleep well. And I mean as much as you can.
2) Exercise. A lot, get your blood moving, more oxygen may cause a fire, but not in your brain.
3) Use the SeizAlarm app. I’ve been a loyal user for several months now. It’s quite discreet, no one needs to know you use it, and fully automated. I use it with the Apple Watch, which is waterproof so it goes in the shower with me. I really like that it’s on a timer, so you have a minute-and-a-half to turn off any outgoing help messages, before the system kicks in and texts/calls/emails (your choice) anyone on your contact list. There’s also the “get help immediately” button, in case you feel an aura. Honestly, I think people without seizure disorders could use that as a panic button or emergency button, but that’s getting off-topic.
Anyway, thanks SeizAlarm, not only for me, but for the sense of security it’s given my family too!
Developer Response ,
Allan, we are happy to hear the app and help request service are working well for you! Thank you for sharing the truth that your doctor disclosed regarding the fact that seizures can kill. Sudep especially is real and sometimes doctors won't tell their patients about it to not scare them I assume. If you have epilepsy, it is important to reduce your risks by taking your medication properly and prevent things that are triggers.
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- SeizAlarm, LLC
- 29.5 MB
- Requires iOS 13.6 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 13.6 or later.
- Age Rating
- 12+ Infrequent/Mild Medical/Treatment Information
- This app may use your location even when it isn’t open, which can decrease battery life.
- © 2015 SeizAlarm, LLC
- In-App Purchases
- Help Request Service (Monthly) $14.99
- SeizAlarm Alert Service $6.99
- Help Request Service (Yearly) $149.99
- SeizAlarm Alert Service $69.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.