Traditional hearing aids can limit your access to mobile phones, music players, and other personal audio devices. You might experience a whistling feedback noise when using your cellphone, and you may have to remove your hearing aids altogether to listen to music through your earbuds. Luckily, Bluetooth hearing aids eliminate these problems and make it possible to connect with your personal electronic devices and stream audio signals using wireless technology. Are Bluetooth hearing aids the right choice for you?
What Is Bluetooth?
Bluetooth is the global, wireless standard for simple and secure connectivity. Bluetooth hearing aids use radio waves to connect to your phone or computer, allowing high-quality audio to stream directly to your hearing aid from the source. These innovative devices provide greater audio clarity and remove many of the inconveniences experienced with traditional hearing aids. Today, a wide variety of products incorporate Bluetooth connectivity, including phones, music players, computers, tablets, televisions, and cars (with hands-free connectivity).
Are Bluetooth Hearing Aids Right for You?
Bluetooth hearing aids require a few simple setup steps before they can work with your electronic devices. You may need to ask your audiologist or a tech-savvy friend to help you set them up. In addition, these hearing aids require you to wear a small transmitter accessory in order to use the Bluetooth technology. These transmitters are small enough to carry in your pocket, and they convert Bluetooth signals into data your hearing aids can understand. These minor inconveniences don’t bother most people; many patients believe that the pros of the technology outweigh the cons.
Personalized Listening Experience
With Bluetooth hearing aids, you can achieve a personalized listening experience. You can set the audio stream to connect with one or both hearing aids, and you can adjust the streamed signal using the custom settings on your hearing aids. In addition, you can remotely control the volume from your transmitter and use your hearing aids as a set of wireless earbuds for multiple devices. Finally, you can easily switch between your different devices. For example, you can connect to your mobile phone while you stream a movie from your tablet. Your transmitter will pause the audio from your tablet in order to bring you the audio signal from an incoming phone call. So you’ll never miss a thing!
Compatibility Across Devices
Bluetooth accessories are compatible with most styles of hearing aids. You can get Bluetooth capabilities for behind-the-ear (BTE), mini BTE, in-the-ear, and in-the-canal styles. Each manufacturer provides a different array of products and accessories that are Bluetooth-enabled. Ask your audiologist what product might work best for you. In addition, please note that Bluetooth is standard wireless protocol, meaning it’s not unique to a particular hearing aid or hearing aid manufacturer. Thus, there is uniformity in the way that it works across all devices.
The connection you can achieve with a Bluetooth device is clear and secure. The technology uses radio waves set to a high frequency to transmit the data without interference or security risks. You can easily make a video conference call from your computer, watch YouTube videos, listen to your favorite podcasts, and more without feedback or unwanted pauses.
If you’re ready to purchase Bluetooth hearing aids, contact Apex Audiology today. Our audiologists have been helping people hear better since 1957. We proudly serve the Limon, Pueblo, and Colorado Springs, Colorado, communities by providing top-notch customer care. We offer a range of products and services, including hearing evaluations, hearing aid fittings, and hearing aid repairs. If you want to use your hearing aids to stay connected to your friends and family and all your latest audio devices, ask us about Bluetooth hearing aids. We can come up with a custom solution that meets your needs. Schedule an appointment online or call us at 719-415-3217 or 719-387-9220 for more information.