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  • Writer's pictureAdvanced Audiology Assoc.

Bluetooth Basics

Updated: Mar 21, 2019

How today’s hearing aids keep you connected: part of our Sound Advice series

Bluetooth is everywhere. We use it to connect a keyboard or a mouse to our computer, to listen to music in our cars, to track steps taken on a FitBit.  In fact, nearly 4 billion devices will ship this year using Bluetooth to connect - to phones, tablets, PCs or to each other.*

And fortunately, many of the hearing devices available today also leverage Bluetooth technology. This means it's easier to stay connected – not just on our favorite devices, but with our friends and family.

How does Bluetooth work with hearing aids?

Simply put, Bluetooth is a simple way for mobile phones, printers, PCs, digital cameras, and other gadgets to link together over relatively short distances using wireless technology.

Up until fairly recently, hearing aid wearers were quite limited to when it came to personal audio devices. For example, if you wanted to listen to a music player while out for a walk, you would have to remove your hearing aids so you could use earbuds instead. Understandably, this wasn’t a great solution for someone experiencing hearing loss. 

Now, most of the new hearing devices have Bluetooth built right in. This means that you can connect to other devices (TV, music, etc.) while keeping your hearing aids in place – without sacrificing sound levels or quality.

What other benefits will I get with a Bluetooth-enabled hearing device?

When most people think of Bluetooth, they think wireless convenience. And while smart devices like Alexa are no doubt impressive innovations, the wireless benefits for hearing aid users gets at something more basic, and more precious.

With a Bluetooth-enabled hearing device, you or a loved one can have more a personalized listening experience that works seamlessly with the other people around you. Think about this common scenario: you’re watching television with family, and even with your hearing aids, you really need the volume turned up. But you don’t want to make it too loud for everyone else, so you end up feeling disconnected because you’re missing pieces of the story. But with a Bluetooth-enabled hearing device, you can bring the sound to you, without changing what other people hear. 

If you are interested in Bluetooth-compatible hearing devices, talk to us about your options. We’ll ask you about the listening situations you are in each day, so we can make a sound recommendation for making your world a little bit better with the help of technology.

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