Bluetooth Hearing AidsBy Frankie Goodman 13th July 2020 Always Hear
Hearing aids have developed considerably in recent years. In the past, hearing aids were knowns as large, sightly, behind the ear devices that just amplify sound. Nowadays you can even get Bluetooth hearing aids. Hearing aids have advanced so much and now can even connect to your mobile phone or other device.
Bluetooth is a wireless technology that allows two devices to communicate
with each other over short distances. Many hearing aids now include
Bluetooth, or similar wireless technology, that allow you to connect your hearing aids to a number of devices.
It uses high-frequency radio waves to share the information, and it’s completely safe and secure.
Bluetooth hearing aids can communicate with different electronic devices, including your smart phone, which you can then use to control your hearing aid. If you have a hearing aid with a Bluetooth 2.4GHz connection, you are easily able to connect your hearing aids to your iPhone using “Made for iPhone” technology, here you can stream sound straight from any iOS device like your iPad or iPhone to your hearing aids. Ask your audiologist to check for you as you may have this functionality already if you already have a hearing aid and iPhone.
Examples of what you can do with a Bluetooth hearing aid includes, controlling the TV volume for your hearing aids separately from the volume on the TV (which may be helpful if you are watching the TV with someone else who needs the volume different to you). You can stream sound to one or both ears, meaning you can still listen out to other sounds with your other ear. You can listen to music and talk on the phone with sound being sent straight to your hearing aid. This way the sound you hear will be less prone to distortion; it’s generally easier to hear, and sound becomes more personalised to you.
Your audiologist would be happy to talk through all the functionalities and ensure you are completely comfortable with your hearing aids. Bluetooth hearing aids are not difficult to use once you have been shown how.
Hearing aids can last anywhere from three years to seven — for some people, even longer. Variables affecting this lifespan include how well the instrument is built, how well it’s maintained, and how much wear and tear it experiences being worn in your ear for many hours a day.
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