Bluetooth connectivity enables a wireless connection to mobile devices like a cell phone, iPod, TV, speaker system, or even a computer!
Do you wear hearing aids?—Bluetooth technology comes standard in most hearing aids today! Thus, you can use your hearing aids to talk on the phone or listen to an iPod! It is easy to use and makes for a more convenient lifestyle. It also enables you to be more connected to those around you.
Typically, an additional accessory or device is needed to activate and utilize the Bluetooth technology in the hearing aids. Such a device may be worn around the neck of a patient wearing hearing aids, or clipped to a lapel of a jacket. After the device is programmed correctly, it will constantly monitor for a phone call to be coming in to your cell phone. When a call is received, it will send the signal directly to the hearing aids. The patient will hear the phone ringing in their ears and answer the call by a simple push of a button—they are then talking to their family, friends, or colleagues without even holding their cell phone, and can hear them in both ears (binaural/stereo sound quality). When connected to the TV or an iPod, you can listen to your favorite songs or your favorite TV program through your hearing aids—at whatever volume level you want!
There is also a device called a remote microphone that can be used in a large group setting, such as a meeting or a restaurant—you can give the microphone to the speaker and that signal will be transmitted wirelessly to the hearing aids, thus it eliminates distance and improves your ability to hear the speaker.
So, if you use hearing aids and are interested in seeing how Bluetooth Connectivity can make you more easily connected to your friends, family, or colleagues, and make your life more convenient—contact your audiologist today!