Everything You Need to Know About Bluetooth Hearing Aids
Advancements in hearing aid technology has seen the introduction of Bluetooth technology, which has many benefits for hearing aid wearers.
Bluetooth hearing aids can be paired to personal listening devices, such as phones, tablets, computers and TVs, to enable high-quality audio streaming. They can also allow for adjustment and other useful functions.
Today, we will be discussing what Bluetooth is, the benefits of Bluetooth hearing aids and where you can get your own pair.
What is Bluetooth?
Bluetooth is the technology that allows information to be sent wirelessly between devices via high-frequency radio waves. Many devices are Bluetooth enabled, including TVs, phones, tablets and laptops.
Bluetooth can drain the battery life of a device, and hearing aids are quite small. Manufacturers first overcame this obstacle by designing Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs).
However, hearing aid manufacturers have recently created hearing aids with Bluetooth. Initially, there was a high drain on battery life. They later introduced Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) technology which significantly reduced the strain on battery life.
Apple has designed their own Bluetooth connectivity with hearing aids, allowing hearing aids to connect to Apple iOS devices. This allows for a seamless connection between hearing aids and personal devices and ensures battery efficiency. Some manufacturers have designed Made for iPhone (MFI) hearing aids, which use this technology.
Android phones, which are Bluetooth enabled, can also be connected to hearing aids. Some manufacturers have designed hearing aids with Universal Bluetooth technology that can connect to Android and Apple devices.
Benefits of Bluetooth Hearing Aids
1. Stream media and calls
You can connect Bluetooth hearing aids to a Bluetooth enabled smartphone, which allows for direct streaming of media (music, audiobooks, podcasts and videos) and phone calls to your hearing aids for high-quality sound suited to your hearing loss.
If you have two hearing aids, the signal will come through both devices, allowing for binaural hearing. You will also be able to adjust the volume of the audio. Some manufacturers offer hands-free calls with hearing aid wearers able to answer or reject calls from the hearing aid itself.
2. Connect to multiple devices
Some hearing aids can be paired to multiple devices, such as your smartphone and laptop. This allows for a seamless transition between audio on the different devices.
3. Stream TV
Bluetooth hearing aids can also be connected to your TV through a streaming device.
The streamer plugs into your TV and wirelessly connects to your hearing aids, allowing the audio from the TV to stream directly to your hearing aids.
With this connection, you can watch TV comfortably without bothering those around you.
4. Adjust your hearing aids
Many manufacturers have created smartphone apps allowing hearing aid wearers to make volume, program and fine-tune adjustments to their hearing aids from their phone.
This is often more convenient than making adjustments from the hearing aids, especially for those with dexterity problems. It’s also a more discreet option.
5. Find your hearing aids
Some manufacturers have a ‘find my hearing aid’ feature available for Bluetooth enabled hearing aids.
Once connected, you can access this feature using an app that displays the last location the hearing aids were connected and will notify you when you are getting closer to the hearing aids.
6. Activate voice assistance
Some Bluetooth hearing aids allow you to activate voice assistance technology, such as Siri. This enables you to make phone calls, send messages, set reminders and perform internet searches.
7. Remote hearing aid adjustment
Some Bluetooth hearing aids also allow for remote hearing aid adjustments. This has been especially important throughout the COVID-19 pandemic as audiologists can remotely adjust hearing aids without leaving the house.
Disadvantages of Bluetooth Hearing Aids
1. Battery life
Bluetooth hearing aids, connected to Bluetooth enabled devices, will naturally use more battery than devices not connected via Bluetooth. This means that you may need to change disposable batteries or recharge batteries more frequently.
However, improvements in Bluetooth technology means there is less strain on batteries, such as Bluetooth LE (low energy).
2. Stability of Bluetooth connection
Sometimes, you may find that the Bluetooth connection drops out while streaming media or phone calls. This can be an annoyance for some, especially if it’s frequently occurring.
Sometimes, all that is needed to fix the stability is an update on your hearing aids or phone.
3. Losing the pairing
Sometimes, the connection between your hearing aids and phone can be broken when performing an update on your phone. The hearing aids will need to be repaired to your device, and sometimes you may need the help of your audiologist to do this.
Recent advancements in hearing aids, such as Bluetooth technology, has changed the way individuals with hearing loss wear their hearing aids.
With connectivity to Bluetooth devices enabling people to listen to TV comfortably, stream media straight from their phone and answer calls, Bluetooth hearing aids are the way of the future.
If you are considering purchasing Bluetooth hearing aids, look no further than EarDeals.
We stock a wide range of Bluetooth hearing aids from global manufacturers at affordable prices. You can browse our range on our website or email us for more information on which hearing aids are right for you.