Concepts in Hearing

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-enabled hearing aids can be wirelessly connected via wireless streaming accessory to devices such as televisions, cell phones, FM systems, GPS systems, and PDA. Bluetooth technology works similarly to wireless Internet, where sounds are sent through an invisible electronic 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.

What are the Benefits of Bluetooth-Compatible Hearing Aids?

As with any hearing aid, Bluetooth-compatible devices have many benefits. 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. Direct stream technology allows the patient to directly stream the sound to their hearing aids without using another device. The hearing aids are wirelessly connected to the patient's phone and then paired to the manufacturers app. Think of them as a wireless pair of headphones: they are convenient and cordless for high-quality sound. In addition, the patient's phone turns into a remote, allowing the patient to adjust programs, volume, and even microphone modes with a touch of the phone.

If you are interested in Bluetooth-compatible hearing aids, talk to your audiologist about all of your options. Let them know of the listening situations you are 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 your audiologist about how Bluetooth-compatible hearing aids could make your daily interactions with your world a better experience.