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Bluetooth Hearing Aids

 

Bluetooth to the Rescue

In the past, hearing aids often restricted individuals to certain lifestyles and hindered their enjoyment of day-to-day activities such as listening to music on mobile media devices and talking on the phone with friends and family. In the past, one would have to remove their hearing aids and replace them with earbuds in order to listen to music at the gym. And even then, the earbuds may not meet the needs of the individual’s hearing requirements.

Hearing aid developers have incorporated Bluetooth technology with hearing aids – reducing the restriction on individuals with hearing loss from accessing their personal mobile devices and interacting with the world around them. New hearing aids such as the “Oticon Opn” and “Audicus Oro” have removed the need for interchanging hearing aids with earbuds or headphones through the utilization of Bluetooth wireless technology.

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Don’t let hearing loss slow you down. Our Lease-To-Hear package allow you to purchase a hearing device just right for you. Lease your hearing aids today and enjoy the sounds of life!

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Bluetooth to the Rescue

In the past, hearing aids often restricted individuals to certain lifestyles and hindered their enjoyment of day-to-day activities such as listening to music on mobile media devices and talking on the phone with friends and family. In the past, one would have to remove their hearing aids and replace them with earbuds in order to listen to music at the gym. And even then, the earbuds may not meet the needs of the individual’s hearing requirements.

Hearing aid developers have incorporated Bluetooth technology with hearing aids – reducing the restriction on individuals with hearing loss from accessing their personal mobile devices and interacting with the world around them. New hearing aids such as the “Oticon Opn” and “Audicus Oro” have removed the need for interchanging hearing aids with earbuds or headphones through the utilization of Bluetooth wireless technology.

Lease-To-Hear

Don’t let hearing loss slow you down. Our Lease-To-Hear package allow you to purchase a hearing device just right for you. Lease your hearing aids today and enjoy the sounds of life!

Some conditions apply. Ask for details.

What is Bluetooth?

Man with bluetooth phone smilingBluetooth is a wireless communication technology standard that has been made available in almost every mobile device on the market today. The technology connects devices without the use of wires, which allows the devices to transmit data to and receive data from each other. Data and information is sent using low-frequency radio waves.

Bluetooth connectivity is common in mobile phones, smart TVs, many modern cars and vehicles, and even some headphones. Over the years, Bluetooth has become a standard in many different technologies. This year, Bluetooth technology has spread to the world of hearing aids.

How does Bluetooth Work with Hearing Aids?

Bluetooth Hearing Aids“Bluetooth hearing aids” can be a somewhat misleading title for the technology, because these hearing aids do not actually have Bluetooth technology inside of them. The process of transmitting and receiving radio signals requires a power source that has not yet been fully implemented in any hearing aid on the market. However, developers have found a workaround.

Bluetooth hearing aids are “Bluetooth-enabled,” meaning they can be connected to any external device that has Bluetooth technology. Luckily, many popular devices contain this technology. Apple devices (such as iPhones and iPads), Android devices (such as Samsung, Google, and Moto phones), and many popular laptops (such as Acer, Dell, HP, Lenovo) provide Bluetooth support. Thus, these hearing aids can be connected to any one of these devices (and more)!

Bluetooth hearing aids come in a variety of different styles, including in-the-canal, in-the-ear, mini BTE, and behind-the-ear (BTE), though performance may change according to the style.

Benefits of Bluetooth Hearing Aids

Elderly woman holding phone with childAs technology continues to rapidly develop, so does the way humans interact with the world. Telecoil technology was introduced to hearing aids to adjust to the rise of mobile phones and portable media players. Telecoils are a special type of sound system created for individuals with hearing loss. Hearing aids with telecoils allow users to tune into a “loop” that reduces noise and interference through the use of an electromagnetic field. However, Bluetooth has been replacing telecoils quickly over the past year because of how they improve the user experience and their flexibility.

In comparison to telecoils, Bluetooth technology can be found in almost every modern technology and device. Media players, motor vehicles, mobile phones, laptops, desktops, televisions, smart watches, and even door handles contain Bluetooth technology. Whereas telecoils are not found in most of these devices.

Bluetooth connects the user’s listening experience directly to the device through wireless transmission. Because sound is not traveling through air from the device to the ear canal, the sound is purer (as long as the hearing aids are within range of the transmitter). For tech-savvy individuals, Bluetooth hearing aids will allow them to get the most out of their favorite devices.

Phone conversations and listening to mobile devices will be significantly more enjoyable and straightforward. Audio and connectivity quality will be improved. Noise and static interference will be drastically reduced when listening to music and talking on the phone, making conference calls and conversations with loved ones easier.

Disadvantages of Bluetooth Hearing Aids

Elderly man smilingIn comparison to telecoil technology, Bluetooth has a shorter spatial range for proper connectivity. Individuals who wish to connect to a Bluetooth device will need to remain within 30 feet of the transmitting source (e.g. an iPhone) in order to have good connection. However, individuals with telecoil hearing aids can tune into a loop that has a much wider range. Because of this, telecoils are often used in performance centers, restaurants, and other social venues.

Most Bluetooth hearing aids cut off the microphone that is used to pick up audio signals whenever the hearing aids are connected with a Bluetooth device such as a mobile phone. This means that when the hearing aids are connected by Bluetooth, noises from the surrounding area will not have amplification and will not be able to be heard. However, amplification of noises from the surrounding area can always be turned back on by turning off Bluetooth.

If an individual with hearing loss does not have much exposure to the process of operating Bluetooth technology, turning it on and off, and connecting between devices, then there may be a minor learning curve. Additionally, since Bluetooth hearing aids are only Bluetooth-enabled and do not contain Bluetooth technology in them, individuals are often required to wear a small transmitter accessory on their body or clothes in order for them to work. If the transmitter is not on the body of the individual wearing them, if the pathway between the transmitter and hearing aids is blocked, or if the transmitter is not within the vicinity of at most 30 feet from the individual, the Bluetooth feature will not work.

Bluetooth-enabled hearing aids can be expensive relative to other hearing aid models. So these hearing aids should only be considered by an individual if they plan to use the technology often.

If you are interested in Bluetooth hearing aids, contact your hearing care professional today. Let your specialist know about your specific daily routines and which devices you wish to connect to using Bluetooth. Most hearing care professionals can provide a real-time demonstration of the hearing aids as well. Ask questions about how Bluetooth hearing aids can make your day-to-day experience better.