Bluetooth-enabled Hearing Aids
Developers of hearing aids are always looking for new and improved ways of making hearing aids better and more useful in people's lives. Bluetooth technology is being used to make it easier for hearing aid users to connect their hearing aids to other electronic devices for improved sound quality directly from the sound source.
Bluetooth-enabled hearing aids can be wirelessly connected to devices such as televisions, cell phones, FM systems, GPS systems, and PDAs, with the use of Bluetooth technology. Bluetooth technology works similarly to wireless Internet, where sounds are sent through an invisible electronic signal.
Bluetooth hearing aids come in most types, including behind-the-ear (BTE), mini BTE, in-the-ear, and in-the-canal styles, though each manufacturer provides a different array of products and accessories that are Bluetooth-enabled.
What are the Benefits of Bluetooth Hearing Aids?
As with any hearing aid, Bluetooth-enabled devices have some benefits and downsides. One benefit is that using Bluetooth technology allows you to obtain a better sound quality when using your hearing aids with your favorite electronic devices. Think of them as a wireless pair of headphones: they are convenient and cordless for high-quality sound.
Bluetooth-enabled hearing aids make connecting to modern technology even easier for hearing aid users. Making phone calls, conference calls, and technology use can be an enjoyable experience for the tech-savvy user. Bluetooth can also eliminate the annoyances of technology use with traditional hearing aids such as feedback and static noise interference.
What are the Disadvantages?
When Bluetooth is in use in a hearing aid, the microphone inside the hearing aid may be shut off, depending on the hearing aid you are using and the way it is set by your audiologist. This can have its disadvantages, as you won't have amplification of other noises around you during Bluetooth use, but may be beneficial since you will not have other interfering noises.
Bluetooth-enabled hearing aids do require set up to work with electronic devices, which your audiologist will help you to accomplish. They also may require the hearing aid wearer to use a small transmitter accessory. The transmitter converts the Bluetooth signal from the electronic device or mobile phone, to a technology that is understood by the hearing aid. Being out of range of the transmitter means that the Bluetooth signal will not reach the hearing aids.