Bluetooth Headsets. In-vehicle Bluetooth. Bluetooth equipped printers, bluetooth enabled webcams, bluetooth keyboards. Bluetooth GPS. It seems that Bluetooth devices are taking over the world! But what about for those individuals that wear hearing aids? Can you incorporate Bluetooth into those? Absolutely! Bluetooth hearing aids are a new technology that are allowing the hearing impaired to enjoy all the benefits that Bluetooth has to offer. But what exactly are Bluetooth equipped hearing aids and how do they work? Today we will tell you everything you need to know about this amazing new invention.
What Is Bluetooth?
Before we dive into the topic of hearing aids, why don’t we first discuss what Bluetooth actually is. Bluetooth is a relatively new technology that acts as a wireless communication platform. It allows two or more electronic devices to transfer data to one another without security risks. Mobile phones, computers, tablets, televisions, and music players are just some of the many devices that are now incorporating Bluetooth into their technology.
So how does it work for hearing aids?
If you want to get technical, there is actually no such thing as “Bluetooth hearing aids”. Bluetooth requires the generation of a great deal of power to actually operate. And unfortunately, the small battery of a hearing aid cannot generate enough power to operate a full Bluetooth device. With that being said, wireless hearing aids can use something called streamers. These are used to to link to other devices that are Bluetooth enabled. In return, hearing aids can use Bluetooth, without actually being equipped with Bluetooth!
What can you do with your Bluetooth enabled hearing aids? Pretty much anything you can do with regular Bluetooth devices. With the help of Bluetooth, your hearing aids can become your own personal set of wireless headphones. They can connect to televisions, laptops, audio players, and mobile phones. And the best part is that they will play anything you want without interference!
How do Bluetooth Hearing Aids work? During your initial consultation, your hearing care provider will help you to set up your new hearing aids. If you want to hook up with another Bluetooth enabled device, you will need a set of wireless hearing aids. If appropriate, you may also require a compatible streamer to help connect you to other Bluetooth devices. From there, your hearing aids can be paired with the streamer or directly to an Apple device. Then your streamer will pull up the Bluetooth signal and use electromagnetic fields to send it to your hearing aid. And voila! You have a direct connection to whatever television, computer, or audio device that you want!
What benefits are associated with Bluetooth hearing aids?
1) A personalized listening experience.
Just as you can tune your hearing aids to suit your personal needs, you can do the same with your Bluetooth. With the help of your Bluetooth aids, you can stream music into one ear, or both ears, and adjust volume to your personal preferences. This gives you a natural listening experience that you can enjoy.
2) Full control.
Many times hearing aids can be too small to incorporate features like volume control. This is why Bluetooth hearing aids come with remote controls. These allow you to control every aspect of your listening experience with just the touch of a button.
3) Changing the way we live.
Bluetooth enabled streamers and hearing aids are changing the lives of the hearing impaired. How? Because hearing aids are now doubling as custom audio devices. With the help of such hearing aids, those with decreased hearing abilities can now listen to music and keep in touch with their loved ones just the same as everyone else.
Are there any downfalls associated with Bluetooth style hearing aids? There are few products in the world that are perfect, so yes, there are disadvantages too. The biggest disadvantage of Bluetooth hearing aids is that when they are connecting to other devices the microphone inside needs to be turned down or off. In return, you may not be able to hear other outside noises or sounds during this short time. Luckily, it doesn’t take Bluetooth long to connect at all, so this will only be a mild inconvenience.
In addition, Bluetooth hearing aids do require some set-up. If you are not technologically savvy, you may need to seek help for the set up process. Luckily this is as easy as getting in touch with us to book an appointment.
Are Bluetooth hearing aids the right choice for you?
If you are someone who regularly uses your cell phone or MP3 player, or if you often watch television or use your computer to stream videos, Bluetooth could be a great addition to your hearing aids. On the reverse side of things, if you don’t watch videos, listen to music, or use your phone often, you may not need the capabilities that Bluetooth provides.
To find out if Bluetooth hearing aids are the right option for you, speak to your local hearing specialist. Discuss with us the different options that are available, and let us know what types of devices you use throughout the day. Your hearing specialist will be able to provide you with more information about Bluetooth aids that may be able to help you. In addition, we might even be able to provide you with a real-time demonstration so that you can get first hand experience of Bluetooth capabilities! We also include hearing aid repair in our hearing aid packages, so get in touch and find out how we could help you today.