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. Bluetooth technology is being used to 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, a means of sending a signal through the air from one device to another, can bring the signal you want to hear directly into your hearings affording great fidelity and in “stereo”.
Bluetooth-enabled hearing aids can be wirelessly connected to devices such as cell phones, televisions, FM systems, GPS systems and PDAs. Bluetooth hearing aids come in most styles 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.
What are the Benefits of Bluetooth Hearing Aids?
One benefit is that using Bluetooth technology allows you to obtain a better hands-free sound quality when using your hearing aids with your favorite electronic devices. Like wireless headphones, they are convenient and cordless for high-quality sound with advantage of amplifying the range of hearing you need enhanced.
What are the Disadvantages?
Higher battery drain often occurs when receiving the Bluetooth transmission in your hearing aids. Bluetooth-enabled hearing aids do require set up to work with electronic devices. We can assist in setting them up with your devices. They often require the hearing aid wearer to use a small accessory called a “streamer”. The streamer converts the Bluetooth signal from the TV or mobile phone to a form 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. The streamer has an additional cost above that of the hearing aids. A few hearing aids do not require a streaming device at all.
If you are interested in Bluetooth-enabled hearing aids, talk to your audiologist about the options that will work with the types of other devices you use throughout the day. The devices that work with your hearing aids can be demonstrated in the office.