Bluetooth technology amplifies meaningful sounds to your hearing aids, such as speech or music, while reducing unwanted background noise wirelessly. This technology is available in many but not all models of hearing aids. Bluetooth capable hearing aids have the ability to connect to many devices including your cell phone. The Bluetooth streaming takes into consideration your hearing loss, and through the processing of the hearing aid, will amplify the frequencies of the sound.
One of the best benefits of Bluetooth hearing aids is that you will be able to hear through both hearing aids simultaneously while talking on the phone or using other devices such your tablet or television. This ensures a strong and clear signal to help with clarity of speech or music. If you use your cell phone to stream music or take phone calls using a Bluetooth headset, the Bluetooth hearing aids will take the place of your headset. You may notice that you can understand conversations on the cell phone at a lower volume or without the need to use speaker phone.
If you have difficulty hearing the television even with your hearing aids, bluetooth accessories will wirelessly connect to your hearing aids and bring the sound to both ears, resulting in improved clarity. There is no need to purchase additional listening/amplification devices, such as TV Ears or TV amplifiers on top of the cost of your hearing aids. Streaming allows for hands-free conversation and the ability to listen to the TV at the volume you want, while those around you can listen at the volume most comfortable for them.
The Bluetooth feature of the hearing aid is not for everyone. Please contact our office to talk to our Audiologists to help decide if this feature would benefit you in your daily life.
How to Use Bluetooth Hearing Aids
With the potential benefit of hearing up to 10 more times the sound clarity and precision of other hearing amplification methods, it will come as no surprise to you that Bluetooth hearing aids can be an excellent option. Yet, many people feel overwhelmed at the idea that they would need to be tethered to a Bluetooth device in order to be able to hear. The good news is that Bluetooth technology has become much easier to use and more refined over its years of existence. Just a few clicks are necessary to connect you with phone calls, music, and the sound of videos or television shows directly to your hearing aids.
Begin by putting your hearing aids in your ears and turning them on. Now, go into your cell phone and find the Bluetooth feature. Most smartphones have the Bluetooth settings under “general settings.” In the Bluetooth settings, look for devices. Now, go to the Bluetooth streamer device that is used to connect your hearing aids to your phone. Press the button to make it go into “pairing mode,” which will light up a blue flashing light on the device. It may take a few minutes for the unit to show up on your smartphone as an available device. Once the device shows up on your smartphone, select it. Your smartphone may ask for a code. The code for hearing aids is always 0000 (zero zero zero zero). Now your job is done!
You can wear the streamer around your neck and place your phone in your pocket. With the two side-by-side, the hearing aids will directly receive information from your phone. You can change the volume on your phone or on the streamer. If you receive a phone call, you can speak into your phone as you normally would, but you will be able to hear the caller directly through the hearing aids.
With such an easy process to link your phone and your hearing aids, it should be easy to use Bluetooth technology. Keep your streamer device handy so that you can easily pair your hearing aids with your phone if you have an incoming call. On the other hand, you may want to get in the habit of wearing your streamer throughout the day, so that you will be ready to go if a call comes through.