Bluetooth technology is short-range wireless communication that allows electronic devices to connect, without cables. This technology is only recently available in hearing aids.
Bluetooth hearing aids can now connect directly to cell phones and other Bluetooth enabled devices, like computers and tablets, without the need for an intermediary streamer.
Some models are hands free, meaning that you don’t need to touch the phone to answer or reject a call. You simply press a button on the hearing aid and start speaking and the hearing aid microphones will feed your voice back to the caller.
Some examples of the benefits of this technology are:
- Listening to your favourite music, podcast, or audiobooks, without the need for headphones.
- Carrying out a conversation via skype
- Answering your mobile phone from a different room
- Hearing the television signal directly to both hearing instruments (this requires a transmitter plugged in to the back of the TV)
What one of our clients says
Jane was looking to replace her hearing instruments as they were getting old and she was not hearing as well as she would like. We discussed what new technology was available and offered Jane a free trial of some Bluetooth hearing instruments. Jane was keen to experiment with the features offered by these hearing aids and this was her reaction when she emailed us immediately after arriving home :
“Wow, these new hearing aids gave me a lovely surprise; I used Google Maps and hearing the voice in my hearing aids was much easier than from the phone. Then I received a phone call. Weird, but works well.”
We generally have hearing aids of this type in the clinic for loan, if you’d like to give them a try.