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April 25, 2024

What is a Bluetooth hearing aid and how can it make your life easier?

Bluetooth hearing aids are nothing new, but maybe you’re not entirely sure what these wireless hearing aids are and what they can do for you. Here’s what you need to know about Bluetooth in hearing aids, and why it can make your life easier.

But first let’s clarify what Bluetooth is. 

Bluetooth is a communication technology that helps connect two or more electronic devices wirelessly within a short range, within 30 feet usually, so they can exchange sound or information. It uses high-frequency radio waves to share information, and it’s completely safe and secure.

Bluetooth is used in many modern electronic devices, which means lots of your devices can communicate with each other. Electronics manufacturers like Apple and LG even produce refrigerators that will communicate with other devices through Bluetooth.

What are the benefits of streaming via Bluetooth in a hearing aid?

With Bluetooth you get a more personal listening experience. For instance, you’re able to control the TV volume for your hearing aids separately from the volume on the TV enabling you to watch TV with others at their comfort level. You can stream sound to one or both ears, listen to music and talk on the phone with sound being sent straight to your hearing aids. This way the sound you hear will be less distortion; it’s generally easier to hear, do to binaural hearing!

Setting my hearing aids up for Bluetooth?

Like other devices in your home, like older cordless phone, Bluetooth uses a 2.4GHz connection to share data or signals between devices wirelessly. To activate your hearing aid’s blutooth you must turn your hearing aids off then back on, then they will be visible to other devices. Your hearing care professional can help you get started.

Is Bluetooth different from Wi-Fi?

Bluetooth is made for wirelessly connecting two or more devices within a short range, while Wi-Fi will connect your device to the internet from anywhere. Lots of electronic and domestic devices can be controlled through Wi-Fi, and this is called the Internet of Things (IOT). For instance, you can control the heating in your house or when your washing machine should start. Bluetooth is a good way to connect to the devices you’re close to in that moment. It uses less power than Wi-Fi and is cheaper to implement.

Are Bluetooth hearing aids easy to use?

Yes, very easy. That being said, there is a learning curve for those who wish to use all the functions that come along with a Bluetooth connection to a cell phone for instance. Your hearing aid specialist will be able to assist and or gauge what level of connectivity is appropriate for you.