Improve your quality of life
The future is hear. Bluetooth hearing aids perfectly integrate with the technological devices in your life.
Modern hearing aids improve your quality of life by delivering brilliant sound quality during conversations. Bluetooth hearing aids deliver even better sound quality from electronic devices like your mobile phone. In the past, hearing aids did not pick up sound well from phone receivers. The sounds were over amplified and not fine-tuned, and hearing aids whistled from the receivers.
From enhanced sound quality to greater freedom and flexibility, today’s hearing systems are power horses the size of a coffee bean. Bluetooth enabled hearings aids:
• Enhance sound quality and reduce background noise
• Offer greater control, freedom, and convenience
Benefits of Bluetooth hearing aids
Bluetooth connectivity does not make your hearing aid perform better. If your goal is simply to have functioning hearing devices, Bluetooth isn’t going to influence that.
Wearing hearing aids for the first time requires some time to adapt: audio sounds a little different, and electronic devices can be more difficult to use. Bluetooth enables you to connect the hearing aid with almost any electronic device and make their use easier for you.
You can stream any data directly into your hearing aid. Here are the main advantages:
- Watching TV: people with hearing loss often understand the TV better with headphones. By streaming the TV directly in your hearing aids, you eliminate any reverberation that may occur between the TV speakers and your ears. You can adjust the hearing aid volume instead of raising the TV volume. Turning up the TV volume reduces sound quality and bothers other family members.
- Phone conversations: being on the phone while wearing hearing aids might be difficult: it isn’t always comfortable as you need to hold the speaker near the hearing aid’s microphone. If you are wearing a RIC device, that means slightly above your ears. With some hearing aids, you might also hear a whistling sound if your phone is misplaced next to them.
- Listening to music: Same as for TV, you can listen to your music directly in your hearing aids, without wearing uncomfortable headphones!
Streaming sounds from devices in your hearing aids will cancel background noises and allow you to fully enjoy the sounds that you really want to hear!
For example, you could listen to your grandchild over the phone clearly without any whistling sound and without the nuisance of background noise. You could also walk in the park while talking on the phone, not worrying about extraneous environmental sounds. You could even talk on the phone at your local coffee shop without being bothered by background chatter. The possibilities are endless with Bluetooth-enabled hearing aids.
How does it technically work?
T-Coils, also known as telecoils, are located inside hearing aids and receive FM signals or electromagnetic signals from a Bluetooth-enabled device (e.g. your phone or your TV) via a streamer. When the T-coil receives signals, the microphone in the hearing aid can turn off. This reduces background interference and stops the whistling sound experienced during phone calls. Without extraneous sounds coming in your hearing aid, you can focus directly on the sounds coming from the phone, television or music player.
Now, phones and televisions wirelessly connect to Bluetooth hearing aids either directly or through a small streamer device to deliver unparalleled sound quality. Some hearing aid manufacturers offer Bluetooth hearing aids that are compatible with Androids and iPhones, creating a seamless connection with your smartphone. All manufacturers offer a streamer which converts a Bluetooth signal from an electronic device into FM signals. Then the streamer sends the FM signal to your hearing aids without signal disruptions. Both the streamer and direct connection options offer optimal clarity and ease of use.
Bluetooth hearing aids wirelessly connect to:
- cell phones
- mp3 players
Bluetooth is very easy to use – most of the time you just activate or deactivate it with an app.
Bluetooth gives you control, freedom, and convenience
Hearing aids are programmed to meet your specific auditory needs. The audiologist sets your hearing aid settings by calibrating the frequencies, volume, and gain levels necessary for answering phone calls through your hearing aids with Bluetooth. This ensures a high-quality call experience.
Once you get home with your new hearing aids, you can continue to exercise maximum control over the settings through your phone or streamer. With Bluetooth hearing aids compatible with iPhones and Androids, you control the volume and other settings from the manufacturers' apps. If the hearing aid has a wireless connection to a streamer, you can adjust settings using the streamer. Otherwise, you would have to fiddle with the tiny volume button on your hearing aids.
Choosing the best Bluetooth hearing aid
At hear.com, we recommend the Oticon Opn or a Signia device. For the Bluetooth connectivity to work properly, it is important to have both hearing aids connected to and communicating with each other. Those two manufacturers are doing it very well.
If you already have hearing aids that are not Bluetooth enabled, you can enjoy this connectivity by using a streamer.
Are Bluetooth hearing aids more expensive?
The Bluetooth connectivity feature isn’t going to make any device more expensive. But it is not available on basic devices yet. For you to enjoy the benefits of a Bluetooth hearing aid, you’ll need to purchase a device from the mid- to premium range.
Discover the Oticon Opn
The Oticon Opn is the world’s first internet-connected hearing aid. Its 360-degree sound helps your brain understand up to 30% more speech, making it easier for you to catch every word.
hear.com expert advice
Integrating your hearing aids to your devices is as important as ever. Connecting your hearing aids to your Bluetooth devices makes your life much easier. In the comfort of your home, easily switch from your phone to your television. While driving, you can easily switch from your GPS to your phone. Seamlessly listen to music through your hearing aids without having to put headphones on.
At hear.com we are ready to answers all your questions about the latest hearing aids with Bluetooth. From the newest streamers to the latest Bluetooth hearing aids for iphone and Bluetooth hearing aids Android, we can explain the features and operations of the best devices. We look forward to your consultation and journey toward better hearing.