Available Bluetooth Tech for Hearing Aids
Hearing aids, like just like other electronics technology, continue to advance. Today's devices are smaller, offer more features, and operate for longer without requiring a battery change.
Bluetooth is a relatively recent addition to assistive hearing devices, giving them the ability to communicate with a wide variety of compatible devices, such as smartphones, desktop computers, and televisions.
What is Bluetooth, and how does it benefit hearing aid wearers?
Bluetooth is a wireless communication standard which allows data transfer between devices. Bluetooth is a trademark name describing a particular type of high-frequency radio wave data transmission protocol which communicates information between devices in close proximity.
The main advantage of Bluetooth is that it allows hearing aid wearers to pipe sounds directly to the speakers on their assistive hearing devices, without it first having to be picked up by the microphone. This feature means that you don't have to take out your hearing aids if, for instance, you want to listen to music through earbuds while running. Your hearing aids automatically connect to your Bluetooth-compatible music device, just like a regular pair of cordless headphones.
The benefits Of Bluetooth streaming
Connecting your hearing aids to a Bluetooth compatible device comes with a whole host of benefits you'll want to take advantage of as soon as possible.
Connect to practically any Bluetooth compatible device
Just as you can charge your phone with any compatible charging socket, you can connect your hearing aids to any compatible device. The benefits are extraordinary: Bluetooth enables you to listen to an external device, such as a TV, without the device itself needing to emit any noise. The Bluetooth signal transmits the sound information to the processor on your hearing aid, which translates it into audible sound through the onboard speaker. To the outside observer, a person with a Bluetooth-enabled hearing can appear to be watching TV in silence even though the wearer receives sound in perfect fidelity.
Get a personalized hearing experience
Listening to music or audiobooks through regular earbuds doesn't provide a personalized experience, but doing so through a hearing aid does. Unlike regular earphones, assistive hearing devices adjust certain pitches and tones, according to your hearing loss needs. Deep and high-pitched sounds may be amplified, improving your overall experience.
You can also personalize your hearing experience in other ways, using Bluetooth. For instance, if you wear two hearing aids, you can set one to play music from your compatible iPhone or Android device, and the other to act as a regular assistive hearing device, amplifying sounds in the room.
Control your hearing aids remotely
Modern hearing aids, especially completely-in-the-ear canal, are too small (or inaccessible) for exterior controls. Bluetooth, however, provides a potential solution. With Bluetooth, you can connect your hearing aids to a "companion app" - a piece of software that you can install on your phone or tablet - that allows you to control settings on your hearing aids. All you need to do is fire up the app and start adjusting settings. The Bluetooth signal will automatically transmit any changes you make to your hearing aids.
Easily switch between devices
A streamer is a device which connects hearing instruments wirelessly to various audio sources. The purpose of the stream is not only to transmit sounds to audio devices but provide additional practical functionality.
Suppose, for instance, you're listening to the TV via a Bluetooth connection and suddenly receive a call on your Bluetooth-compatible mobile phone from a relative. The steamer will automatically interrupt the Bluetooth connection from your TV and replace it with the incoming ringtone on your phone, alerting you to the call.
Bluetooth, therefore, can be set up to work intelligently with your devices, prioritizing sounds that it thinks that you need to hear most.
Is Bluetooth compatible with your existing hearing aids?
Bluetooth is a relatively recent addition to hearing aids and not usually found on older devices. Although Bluetooth has been around on regular electronics for some time now, it's only recently that it's become a standard feature on new hearing aids.
The good news is that if you do have Bluetooth on your assistive hearing device, it should be compatible with any other piece of equipment that uses the technology. Remember, Bluetooth is a universal standard, meaning that it should provide a connection as long as the neighboring device is also Bluetooth-enabled.
Bluetooth technology can seem a little daunting if you've not used it before. If you'd like to discuss the benefits of Bluetooth technology, then speak with advantage Hearing & Audiology today. Call us in Greensboro at 336-271-4944 or in Eden at 336-623-2422.