Bluetooth-Enabled Hearing Aids
Hearing aid manufacturers continually strive to make hearing aids better and more useful in people’s lives. Bluetooth-wireless technology is now standard in most brands of hearing aids to connect their hearing aids to various electronic devices like cell phones or televisions for improved sounds quality.
Blue-tooth enabled hearing devices primarily are known for connecting to cell phones but they are also able to connect to televisions, ipad’s and GPS systems.
Each manufacturer provides its own array of products and accessories that are Bluetooth-enabled and are not interchangeable with other products.
What Are The Benefits of Bluetooth-Enabled Hearing Aids?
Improved sound quality by delivering sound from your cellphone or television directly into your hearing devices. This not only allows for a stronger, clearer and more stable sound, but removes echo’s, reverberation and other ambient noise that might normally mix with sound that has to travel over a distance to your devices. Most hearing aid manufactures also distribute a “personal microphone” which transmits speech directly from a speaker to the hearing aids. This is great for one-on-one conversations in a noisy environment or over a longer distance up to 25-50 feet.
What Are The Disadvantages?
Battery drain is considerable for both the hearing devices and the accessories. Secondly, the cost of accessories is not insignificant, typically costing approximately $300 each. Third, there is some set-up to “pair” the hearing devices to the Bluetooth accessory(s) and understanding of how to turn-on and turn-off the hearing device from the accessory, so you may require some assistance from a technology-savvy friend or spouse. The newer cell phones will require that you download an “app” to make the Bluetooth connection work properly.