Hearing aids are no longer simply a device that makes things sound louder. Thanks to today’s technology they are capable of doing so much more especially with the introduction of Bluetooth technology.
What is Bluetooth?
For most mobile phone users, this is a term they hear on a regular basis. It is a short wave radio signal that allows devices to communicate wirelessly with each other and was originally designed for mobile phones. This technology is now available in your hearing aids, which increases the number of benefits you get with your devices.
Firstly, your hearing aids can now communicate with each other and share information. Thanks to this technology, many manufacturers now offer ‘Binaural’ features in their latest models. For example, Phonak have a new Speech In Wind feature where the hearing aids will detect which hearing aid is receiving the clearer signal and stream that signal into the other hearing aid. Resound have developed Binaural Fusion which has increased the level of background noise suppression and feedback management.
Secondly, your hearing aids can be configured to communicate with other devices that you use on a regular basis. Using a range of accessories you can connect your hearing aids to things like your television, radio, MP3 player or mobile phone. The great thing about these wireless connections is that the sound is streamed into BOTH hearing aids at once, even when using your mobile phone. You can also get wireless remote controls to adjust things like programmes and volume settings which can be useful especially if you find the buttons on your hearing aids a bit fiddly. These remotes are designed to be very discreet as well, with Siemens even launching one called the e-Pen which is designed to look exactly like an ordinary fountain pen. Some manufacturers also offer a microphone accessory which can be clipped to another person’s clothes so you can enjoy normal conversation even in more demanding listening environments.
Not all of the latest hearing aids are wireless, either due to their size or technology level so if you are interested in wireless accessories then you need to check on this beforehand.
This technology will obviously not work in the same way and give the same benefits if you wear only one hearing aid. View our list of hearing aids and prices to see what is available today.