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You may be familiar with connecting your phone or computer to Bluetooth® to make phone calls or listen to music, but did you know that today’s hearing aids can also be fitted with Bluetooth® technology? Find out what Bluetooth® hearing aids could do for you.

First of all, what is Bluetooth®?

Bluetooth® is a wireless communication platform that allows for the transfer of data between two or more electronic devices, and makes it possible for you to find the best hearing aid for your lifestyle.

Bluetooth® technology transmits data through high-frequency radio waves, allowing you to listen to music, watch movies, and talk on the phone “hands-free” – or without needing a cord – running from your device to your headphones. Since Bluetooth’s® invention in the 1990’s, a large variety of products have incorporated the technology, including computers, tablets, televisions, mobile phones, music players – and, as we’ll discuss in depth in this article, hearing aids.

This technology is available for both behind-the-ear hearing aids and in-the-ear devices

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1. Bluetooth® hearing aids allow you to hear phone conversations more clearly:

By connecting your hearing aid to Bluetooth®, your phone conversations will be sent directly through your Bluetooth® hearing aids so that you don’t have to strain to hear what’s being said through the phone receiver. Your hearing aid’s smartphone compatibility may depend on your specific brand of hearing aid. Many hearing aid manufacturers have partnered with Apple® to make Made for iPhone® hearing aids that connect seamlessly with the user’s chosen devices. Most Android devices, on the other hand, require a “streamer” which functions as an intermediate device to facilitate communication between the Bluetooth® hearing aids and the device. Check your hearing aid manufacturer’s website to find which Apple® or Android phones are compatible with your Bluetooth® hearing aids.+

 

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2. Listen to your favorite TV show at your own volume setting

Have you ever asked your friends to turn up the volume on the television because you couldn’t hear? With Bluetooth® hearing aids, you can wirelessly connect the sound of the television to your Bluetooth® hearing aids so that you can watch the show at your own preferred volume, while your friends or family members can enjoy their preferred volume setting on the TV. Finally – a solution that works well for everyone. It is worth noting that if you have more than one TV in your house, you will need to disconnect and reconnect your Bluetooth® hearing aids if moving from one room to another.


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3. You can use Bluetooth® hearing aids instead of headphones to stream music and podcasts

There’s no need to swap out your hearing aids for headphones any longer. With Bluetooth®, hearing aids you can connect wirelessly to your favorite playlist or podcast. Many hearing aid users report experiencing problems when listening to music, such as distortion, reduced tone quality and acoustic feedback. Music supports our emotional well-being, and Bluetooth® hearing aids provide hearing aid wearers the ability to connect with high-quality sound in a new way. This solves challenges with older-generation hearing aids that do not have the same device connection capabilities as Bluetooth® hearing aids offer.


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4. Bluetooth® hearing aids now have an extended range of up to 300 feet

Bluetooth® hearing aids can transfer data up to distances of about 300 feet.6 This large reach allows you to listen to music through your Bluetooth® hearing aids while doing other activities in and around the house, such as going to another floor in your house, gardening or getting the mail – all while your phone is inside charging.


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5. Connect your Bluetooth® hearing aids directly to your laptop to access video chat or your favorite shows

Staying in touch with your loved ones via video chat is made easier with Bluetooth® hearing aids. You no longer have to strain to hear the computer speaker, as Bluetooth® hearing aids can directly send the computer’s sound (i.e., your relative’s voice or laugh) through your Bluetooth® hearing aids. You can also enjoy your favorite videos and podcasts by sending the sound of the video stream directly through to your Bluetooth® hearing aids.


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6. Make your life easier with phone apps specifically designed for Bluetooth® hearing aids

There are a selection of phone applications available that allow you to perform hearing aid-related tasks that help make your everyday life easier. They can adjust the volume on your Bluetooth® hearing aids, change the pre-set programs in your Bluetooth® hearing aids, and may have a "find your hearing aid" locator to find your lost Bluetooth® hearing aids. Some apps also make it possible to use the Bluetooth® connection to provide notifications either directly to you or to other Bluetooth®-connected devices, such as letting you know when the battery is low or triggering the lights in the house to turn on when you turn on your Bluetooth® hearing aids in the morning. An example of such an app is the Oticon ON app.


Connect your hearing aids to IFTTT

IFTTT (If This, Then That) is a platform that makes it possible for you to link your hearing aids to many devices and apps so they can collaborate in a variety of ways. Watch this video to get started.

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+ Specific accounts and software required for usage.