Back in the day, if you wore hearing aids, you’d have to remove them to use any other personal audio device. Not any more.
If you’ve been wearing older-style hearing aids, you know that if you want to play music on a personal device, you know you would have to remove your hearing aids to play music.
Thankfully, technology has changed all that. Bluetooth offers a universal solution that allows many newer hearing aid models to connect directly to any device that offers a Bluetooth connection.
What is Bluetooth?
Bluetooth was developed as a collaboration between several tech companies to make it easier for different devices (even those from different companies and platforms) to communicate with each other.
So how do I use the Bluetooth capability?
If you need or want to connect with your mobile phone, tablet, computer, music player or other Bluetooth-enabled device, we can recommend a set of wireless hearing aids and if appropriate, a compatible streamer which will allow you to seamlessly watch TV, listen to music, and talk on the phone using your hearing aid(s).
Bluetooth-enabled hearing aids can either be paired directly to an Apple device (if labeled as Made for iPhone) or be paired with the streamer, and then the streamer can be paired with your external device(s). Once it is connected, the streamer will pick up the Bluetooth signal from your device (i.e. your mobile phone, tablet, etc.), and send it to your hearing aid via an FM signal or electromagnetic field, depending on the hearing aid(s) you select and purchase.
NOTE: Usually the streamer is worn around the neck or placed in a pocket for hands-free operation.
Benefits of Bluetooth-Enabled Hearing Aids
Bluetooth-enabled hearing aids provide many opportunities that were previously unavailable. Depending on the model, these features may include:
- A Personalized Listening Experience: The audio signal (the sound you hear from your hearing aid device) can usually be set to stream to one or both hearing aids and the streamed signal can be amplified and adjusted to match the hearing aid’s personalized settings. This means if you want to use your music player, your hearing aids can become a set of wireless earbuds. If you want to use your phone, you can stream the signal to just one hearing aid so as to keep the other one accessing the other sounds in the room.
- Multiple Connections: Multiple devices can usually be paired to one streamer, so you can easily switch between different devices. For example, you can be connected to your mobile phone while you’re streaming a movie on your computer, and the streamer is able to interrupt or pause the audio from your tablet in order to bring you the audio signal from an incoming phone call.
- Remote Control of Your Hearing Aids: Commonly, there are also capabilities for remotely changing the volume or program through the use of the wireless streamer. This is especially useful if your hearing aids are too small to accommodate external controls.
- A Secure Connection with No Interference: Bluetooth connection has been used for many years in the mobile phone industry: it is secure and there’s no interference.
Bluetooth capability is a real game changer for hearing aids.
If you aren’t currently using Bluetooth enabled hearing aids, stop in and chat with our hearing care professionals about how these handy devices could change your life.
We welcome you to a free hearing assessment. Then you can learn more about your level of hearing loss and find out how to improve it.
Concerned about your hearing? Give us a call at 360-892-9367 and change your life.