Most Oticon Nera styles are Connectline enabled. This allows Oticon Nera hearing aids to connect to a range of Bluetooth equipped devices and accessories using a device called the Streamer Pro. For instance if the user has a Bluetooth equipped mobile telephone Streamer Pro allows sound from the phone to be streamed directly to the hearing aids. Not only that, but the sound is also corrected for the hearing loss. The phone can be in the pocket and the Streamer Pro worn round the neck. The phone rings and the user simply presses a button on the Streamer Pro to pick up the call. A microphone in the Streamer Pro relays the user’s voice back to the caller. The mobile phone remains in the pocket all the time. Other accessories can be used in conjunction with Streamer Pro as follows:
- Connectline TV adapter – Allows sound from the TV to be streamed direct to the Oticon Nera aids so that the user can adjust TV sound to their preference whilst anyone else in the room can set it to their own preferred volume.
- Connectline land line telephone adapter – Allows sound from a land line telephone to be streamed direct to the aids. A button is pressed on the Streamer Pro to pick up the call. The telephone receiver remains on the hook so the user does not need to leave their chair in order to receive a telephone call.
- Connectline remote microphone – Allows sound to be streamed from a remote microphone direct to the hearing aids. If attending a lecture for instance the microphone can be placed on the lectern and sound will be sent direct to the hearing aids. Even if the user is sat at the back of the hall, from a sound point of view it will be as if he is at the lectern.
Streamer Pro can also be used as a remote control to facilitate manual adjustments of program or volume. Streamer Pro also contains a telecoil to allow the use of a loop system if available in a public building for instance.