A large number of new styles of hearing aids include Bluetooth capabilities; perhaps your aid already includes it. While Bluetooth was initially designed for use with mobile phones, its uses have grown to include home phones, computers and TVs. Digital hearing aids containing Bluetooth give you new ways to use and control these devices, making them more flexible and convenient, and giving you a better sound experience.
Nearly all hearing aids use a tiny, user friendly external device to control their Bluetooth capabilities. Generally these devices–often called controllers–are meant to be placed in a pocket or worn around the user’s neck. The controller’s role is to receive signals from other Bluetooth-enabled devices and transmit them wirelessly to your hearing aids. You can use this feature to enjoy your TV set or phone without having to turn up the volume. One of the nicest features of having hearing aids that can receive Bluetooth signals is that you can listen to phone conversations in both ears, making it even easier to understand your caller.
Controllers for Bluetooth-enabled hearing aids are made to be simple to use. If you wish to connect your hearing aids to a specific Bluetooth device (a TV, for instance), it’s usually as simple as pressing a button. If you want to hear your TV, simply push the television control button once to turn it on, and then press it again when you want to stop listening. Your hearing aid manufacturer may have incorporated other functions with this device, making it easy to access other features with one controller.
Bluetooth enabled hearing aids can be especially helpful for seniors with mobility difficulties. More recent designs allow you to be up to 30 feet away from your phone when placing a call, allowing you to speak to your loved ones without needing to leave your chair. In an emergency, this feature can be lifesaving.
Bluetooth-enabled hearing aid offer you a quality listening experience that is difficult or impossible to duplicate using any other technology solution. This combination of clear sound and ease-of-use makes Bluetooth a great way to strengthen your hearing and enjoy activities that may have felt unrealistic.