Ready to bring on the Bluetooth? As technology advances and devices shrink, hearing aids keep up as one of today’s most modern devices. Still as small as ever, some hearing aids are now Bluetooth-enabled. With all the hoopla, the big question on everybody’s mind is: what is Bluetooth, anyway? And what’s the point of adding it to my hearing aid? In the following post, we take a look at Bluetooth basics and how this new technology is changing the face of hearing aids.
Most Bluetooth hearing aids come with a controller that transmits and receives wireless signals sent from/to other Bluetooth enabled devices, similar to wireless Internet with computers. By doing so, sound information is sent through the wireless spectrum, as opposed to the airwaves – and hence the microphone inside the hearing aid is shut off. As a result, Bluetooth allows you to obtain better sound quality and, similar to telecoils, allows you to link up your hearing aid with as many as eight different devices, according to the American-Speech-Language Hearing Association.
You can hook up your hearing aid to your television, cell phone, FM systems, GPS systems and PDAs - some of which are illustrated in the next section. In fact, doctors who are hard-of-hearing can even link their Bluetooth to electronic stethoscopes!
You can enjoy watching television with the entire family, without turning up the volume to the max. With Bluetooth technology, reports HealthyHearing, you can connect an adapter your television. The devices then deliver the sound directly to your hearing aid, and you can adjust the audio manually for yourself. This means your family can watch Prime time at a comfortable sound level, while you can adjust the volume to your needs.
Take this technology on the go. Many Bluetooth-capable devices help you listen to music without damaging your eardrums. You can connect your hearing aid to all sorts of music players, including MP3 players, FM radio devices and car stereos.
More and more communication is done over the computer, and a Bluetooth-capable hearing aid keeps you connected. By linking your Bluetooth to your computer, you can easily hear Youtube videos, make video conference calls or listen to your favorite broadcast.
Hearing aids and cell phones often mix like pickles and peanut butter. As you bring your mobile phone closer to your ear, you might experience a whistling feedback noise. As a result, many users succumb to the “cell yell;” that is, speaking at incredibly loud volumes over the phone. Pairing your Bluetooth hearing aid with your phone will thus keep the interference at a minimum and make conversations clearer and more enjoyable.
Audicus Hearing Aids currently offers Bluetooth technology, at an affordable rate. Visit our shop section for more details-- we look forward to hearing how it goes.