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Bluetooth® hearing aids

Bluetooth® hearing aids can connect to your smartphone, tablet, and TV so that you can stream sound directly into them.  

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5 ways Bluetooth® hearing aids make life easier

Hearing aids with Bluetooth® can remotely connect to certain devices, turning your hearing aids into a wireless headset. You could be able to:

  1. Hear phone conversations more clearly
  2. Listen to your favourite TV programme at your own chosen volume setting
  3. Listen to music and podcasts on your hearing aids
  4. Enjoy better sound quality on video chats and TV programmes
  5. Benefit from phone apps designed for Bluetooth® hearing aids

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

Connecting your hearing aids to your smartphone via Bluetooth® means the sounds from your phone conversations will be sent directly to your hearing aids. So you won’t have to strain to hear what’s being said through the phone receiver.

Many hearing aid manufacturers have partnered with Apple to make ‘Made for iPhone’ hearing aids. This means that your hearing aids can connect directly to your chosen Apple device.  

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Most Android devices, however, require a “streamer” which functions as an intermediate device to facilitate communication between the Bluetooth® hearing aids and the device.

Learn more about Oticon’s streamer device (ConnectClip)

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2. Listen to your favorite TV programme at your own chosen volume setting

Have you ever asked your friends or family to turn up the volume on the TV because you couldn’t hear?

With Bluetooth® hearing aids, you can wirelessly connect to the television. You can watch the programme at your own preferred volume, while your family members watch at their volume, which works well for everyone.

You’ll need a TV adaptor to connect your hearing aids wirelessly to your TV. 
Learn more about the Oticon TV Adaptor

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3. Hearing aids with Bluetooth® can be used instead of headphones to listen to music and podcasts

There’s no need to swap out your hearing aids for headphones. With Bluetooth® hearing aids, you can connect wirelessly to your favourite playlist or podcast – your hearing aids will act as high-quality headphones.

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4. Enjoy better sound quality in video chats and TV programmes

You can use your Bluetooth® hearing aids to stay in touch with loved ones via video chat. You no longer have to struggle to hear conversations through computer speakers. The sound is instead streamed into your Bluetooth® hearing aids. You can also enjoy your favourite videos and TV programmes by streaming the audio in the same way.

Do you have any questions about Bluetooth® hearing aids?
Call us on 0800 0372 080 or find a clinic near you.

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How do Bluetooth® hearing aids work?

Bluetooth® is a wireless communication technology which allows for the transfer of data between two or more small electronic devices. It works for distances up to around 10 metres.


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

Many smartphone apps allow you to make the most of your hearing aids.

For example, with the Oticon ON app you can:

  • Connect your hearing aids to smart devices in your home via the IFTTT system
  • Adjust the volume on your Bluetooth® hearing aids
  • Change the pre-set programs in your Bluetooth® hearing aids
  • Find your hearing aids using a hearing aid locater

Another example is the Oticon RemoteCare app. It allows you to have a remote consultation with your hearing care expert. (You'll need to double-check with your individual hearing care expert to see whether they can offer this service).

This means that you can connect remotely to your hearing care expert for follow-up appointments (through the app's video and audio capabilities).

And if needed, your hearing care expert can even adjust your hearing aids remotely through the app.

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Bluetooth® hearing aids FAQs

Sources

1. https://www.healthyhearing.com/help/hearing-aids/bluetooth
2. https://www.truhearing.com/getstarted/using-your-hearing-aids-with-a-smartphone
3. https://www.tunity.com
4. https://medicalxpress.com/news/2015-05-aims-access-music-people-aids.html
5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5357629
6. https://tech.co/hearing-aids/bluetooth-hearing-aids
7. https://www.hearingdirectory.ca/help/hearing-aids/bluetooth
8. https://ifttt.com/oticon
9. https://www.hearingreview.com/inside-hearing/research/wireless-hearing-aids-present-health-risk