Bluetooth-enabled Hearing Aids
Developers of hearing aids are always looking for new and improved ways of making hearing aids better and more useful in people's lives. One of the ways being used to do this is by using Bluetooth technology. This can make it easier for hearing aid users to connect their hearing aids to various devices for improved sound quality, directly from the sound source
Bluetooth-enabled hearing aids can be wirelessly connected to devices such as televisions, cell phones, FM systems, GPS systems, computers and tablets. Bluetooth technology works similarly to wireless Internet, where sounds are sent through an invisible electronic signal.
Some hearing aids require the use of a Bluetooth accessory piece in order to send a Bluetooth signal. The Bluetooth accessory is compatible in most styles of hearing aids, including behind-the-ear (BTE), mini BTE, in-the-ear, and in-the-canal styles, though each manufacturer provides a different array of products and accessories that are Bluetooth-enabled.
The newest developments for hearing aid technology allow users to hear Bluetooth signals without the use of an additional streaming device.
What are the Benefits of Bluetooth-Compatible Hearing Aids?
As with any hearing aid, Bluetooth-compatible devices have some benefits and downsides. One benefit is that using Bluetooth technology allows you to obtain a better sound quality when using your hearing aids with your favorite electronic devices. Think of them as a wireless pair of headphones: they are convenient and cordless for high-quality sound. Making phone calls, using a tablet or computer and even watching TV at home can be an enjoyable experience for the tech-savvy user. Bluetooth can also eliminate the annoyances of technology use with traditional hearing aids, such as feedback and static noise interference.
What are the Disadvantages?
Bluetooth-compatible hearing aids do require some simple set up steps before they can work with electronic devices, so you may require some help from your hearing healthcare professional or technology-savvy child. Some may also require the hearing aid wearer to use a small transmitter accessory. The transmitter converts the Bluetooth signal from the electronic device or mobile phone to a wireless signal that is understood by the hearing aid. Being out of range of the transmitter means that the Bluetooth signal will not reach the hearing aids.
If you are interested in Bluetooth-compatible hearing devices, talk to Dr Robbins about all of your options. Let her know which listening situations you patricipate in each day and the types of other devices you use throughout the day. Ask to see a hearing aid and the streaming device and experience a real-time demonstration. Talk to her about how Bluetooth-compatible hearing aids could make your daily interactions with your world a better experience.