Bluetooth Technology and Hearing Aids
Hearing solutions for an always-connected world
Hearing aids have come a long way. The hearing aids of today are more discreet, more effective, and easier to use than the big, clunky ones you might remember. And thanks to advancements in digital technology, hearing aids with Bluetooth connectivity can be paired with your phone, tablet, television and other favorite audio devices.
What is Bluetooth – and how does it work with hearing aids?
Bluetooth uses wireless technology to transfer data between two or more electronic devices. With a wireless hearing aid, a compatible assistive listening device – or a “streamer” – works as the link between the hearing aid and a Bluetooth-enabled device. This provides a hearing aid user a direct communication with their phone, tablet, etc. – without such a drain on the battery power of their hearing aid.
In our offices, we recommend a Bluetooth-compatible product line from Oticon called ConnectLine. Users can connect to a wide variety of communication and entertainment applications – and by picking up the audio signal and sending it straight into both ears, a pair of hearing aids is converted into your own personal wireless headset. But it’s not just for devices. Face-to-face conversations become clearer and easier to control, too – because after all, is there any type of communication that’s more precious?
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The heart of the ConnectLine system is “Streamer Pro” – which is worn around the neck and looks similar to an MP3 player. There are buttons for phone, TV and microphone, so you can amplify sounds in virtually any environment. You can make and take clear and hands-free calls, watch TV at an enjoyable sound level, and even dine at a restaurant or go to a party and converse comfortably using the microphone. There is also a ConnectLine app, which turns your phone or tablet into a discreet and easy to use remote control.
ConnectLine works with every style of Oticon wireless hearing device at every price point, including all of our custom In-the-Ear styles as well as our Receiver-In-The-Ear models.
How do I get a Bluetooth-compatible hearing aid?
The first step is to have your hearing evaluated to determine the type and degree of your hearing loss. We will then guide you in choosing the best hearing aid solution for you.