Bluetooth Hearing Aids
The technology for hearing aids has improved significantly in the last ten years. Hearing aids are nothing like the clunky hearing aids that you might remember, the ones that seemed to emphasize all the wrong sounds and provided a lot of feedback. Hearing aids have become smaller, smarter, sleeker, and more advanced. In addition to better-fitting hearing aids, today's hearing aids provide a wide variety of programs and settings that make life easier. One of the most exciting developments has no doubt been Bluetooth.
What is Bluetooth?
Bluetooth is a wireless communication network that uses tiny radio waves to transfer data between electronic devices. You may have used the technology on your mobile phone, laptop, or tablet.
The technology has been available in many hearing aids for some time, but you previously could only access it through a streamer. That all changed in 2014 with the release of the first 'made for iPhone' hearing aid. This allowed you to connect your hearing aid directly with your smartphone - no streamer or wires necessary. Although the technology was around for Bluetooth headphones, this was a massive deal for the hearing aid industry.
Fast forward to today, and most modern Bluetooth-compatible hearing devices allow users to pair their devices for sound streaming directly into the ears, straight from the device. This means your hands are free during phone calls and stream all kinds of content straight to your ears. Also, Bluetooth helps users access and customize the settings of their hearing aids conveniently.
Advantages of Bluetooth hearing aids
Hands-free language changes
With the assistance of Bluetooth, Those with hearing loss can use their hearing aids to receive calls. The technology detects that a call is coming through and helps the user answer through voice commands. Here, the person will pick up the call on their smartphone device and stream the caller's voice to their hearing aids. Because your phones have Bluetooth technology, you no longer have to rely on others to take your call while you're in the middle of something important.
Using Bluetooth-enabled hearing devices, you can experience the highest sound quality. Since you can direct audio to your ears, you can focus specifically on what you want to hear. Bluetooth signals are very robust, secure, and reliable. So the next time you're taking a zoom call with your extended family, make sure you are connected to Bluetooth first!
Connect to a world of devices
Bluetooth technology is also used to stream music and other audio. You may connect your hearing aids to other electrical devices, such as television or personal music players. Just like your Bluetooth headphones, you can now listen to music while cooking, washing, even while one is in the yard while getting all the hearing benefits of your hearing aids. All of this is possible because of the technical advances of Bluetooth.
What if you don't have Bluetooth on your phone?
If your hearing aids are hearing aids, our specialists can help you find a Bluetooth-compatible hearing aid that suits you. From 'Made for iPhone' to 'Made for any phone', there is sure to be a model for you.
If your budget doesn't stretch that far, you can also connect using your existing hearing aid through a Bluetooth streamer. This gadget resembles a tiny remote control device and is small enough to fit on a lanyard for easy access. It picks up the Bluetooth signal from your phone or other Bluetooth system and broadcasts it back to your hearing aids via an FM signal.
We know it is a significant undertaking to decide on a hearing aid. If you are still considering your options, we would strongly recommend a Bluetooth hearing aid, especially if you love to stream content. Want to learn more? Contact us today to set up a consultation.