Hearing aid remote controls used to be simple. They were controls to change hearing aid programs and volumes. With the development of new technology, these simple devices evolved into a variety of devices which extend the benefit of hearing aids.
A simple remote control can be used to adjust the hearing aid volume or change the program settings in a hearing aid. This remote is useful when you prefer to make these changes discreetly, or if the hearing aid itself does not have a control button due to the small size of the aid. More sophisticated remote controls can tell the hearing aids to focus in a specific direction, hence improve hearing in a noisy situation.
Remote controls may have streaming capability. This kind of remote control can pair with your hearing aids and a cell phone. Once they are connected, calls from the cell phone will be sent directly to your hearing aids, as well as any other Bluetooth device.
A streamer can also connect hearing aids with a TV or a land line phone through an adapter. Many patients reported difficulty hearing the TV; streaming the sound from TV directly to the hearing aids will help you hear the TV better.
A streamer paired with a remote microphone will help the hearing aid user to hear a specific speaker in noisy environments or in distance.
Remote controls can be a great advantage for a patient’s specific needs. Patients should talk to their audiologist to decide whether a remote or streaming device can help them be more involved in the world around them!