Gone are the days of switching out your hearing aids for headphones when listening to music or taking a phone call. Today’s hearing aids can double as a wireless, hands-free headset so that you can stream sounds from playlists, phone calls, and TV shows directly into your hearing aids.
Imagine you’re going out for a morning run and you want to listen to music during your run. In the past you may have had to take your hearing aids out in order to listen to your headphones instead. Today’s hearing aids have the capability to function as hearing aids and headphones, by wirelessly streaming the music from your phone directly to your hearing aids – allowing you to hear music and hear at your best at the same time.
So how is this possible? Hearing aids with these connectivity capabilities use Bluetooth, which is a wireless communication platform that transfers data between electronic devices. The technology has the ability to work on a variety of different products such as computers, smartphones, tablets, televisions, and music players.
Since Apple has a patent on specific Bluetooth connectivity, many hearing aid companies have released hearing aids that are Made for iPhone™. If you do not have an iPhone, there are assistive listening devices, or “streamers”, available which can provide the communication link between your hearing aid and the Bluetooth-enabled device. Additionally, streamers made especially for TV are available, which connect to the TV stereo system and stream the TV audio directly into your hearing aids.
A range of Oticon hearing aids* are now compatible with iPhone®, iPad® and iPod® touch. Additionally, hearing aids can be connected to your TV through the Oticon TV adapter. This means that the following can be streamed from your TV or Apple® devices directly to your hearing aids: TV audio, music, phone calls, videos, and audiobooks. In other words, your hearing aids can work as headphones so that you can hear better and take a phone call or listen to music at the same time.
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What are the other benefits of using wireless connectivity with your hearing aids? Using Bluetooth hearing aids and/or wireless streamers presents a broad range of opportunities. Among the benefits you can look forward to are:
- Listen to TV audio by streaming the sound directly into your hearing aids
- Use your hearing aids as a wireless headset with smartphone devices (either directly with Apple
devices or using an assistive streaming device)
- Discreetly control your hearing aids with small remote control gadgets
- Hear traditional phone calls more clearly by connecting your landline audio to your hearing aids
through a streaming device
- Download hearing aid apps to control your hearing aid settings from the app or to monitor your
With solutions to suit a range of devices and communication needs, staying connected is made easy with modern hearing aid wireless technologies. If you want to learn more about hearing aids and connectivity, book a free appointment with your local hearing care expert.
*Hearing aids must support 2.4GHz in order to provide all features and benefits provided
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