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In the earlier years of hearing aid technology, it was common to fumble with multiple devices. A person wearing hearing aids might hear the phone ring and suddenly scramble to take out their hearing aids. Turning up the volume all the way on the telephone might not have been enough to make the caller audible, but hearing aids were not compatible with the close connection to the phone. If a person with hearing loss were to try wearing hearing aids while talking on the phone, a number of problems might have occurred including the piercing sound of feedback or a voice that was actually too loud to hear comfortably.
One of the most useful innovations in hearing aid technology—Bluetooth connectivity—has transformed this complicated web of problems. When a person hears the phone ringing, it is no longer necessary to take out hearing aids and struggle to hear the voice on the phone with maximum volume. Similarly, it is not necessary to battle feedback or volume issues while trying to use hearing aids on the phone. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of Bluetooth connectivity, starting with the ability to use a phone with ease and extending into many other exciting features.
When the phone rings, Bluetooth makes it possible to move seamlessly from using hearing aids to amplify the sounds in the room to directing the sound of the caller’s voice directly into your ears. Bluetooth recognizes that a call is coming through and allows the user to use voice commands to pick up the phone. If you would rather, the user can pick up the call on the smartphone and direct the sound of the caller’s voice directly to the hearing aids. You no longer need to worry about missing a call, because the ring of the incoming call is sent directly to your hearing aids with Bluetooth technology.
Sound Quality Benefits
In addition to the ease of moving from hearing aid assistance to smartphone calls, the quality of sound can ben greatly improved by using Bluetooth technology. Signal stability is greatly improved by using multiple channels at the same time. Interference between signals is improved by streamlining these audible paths to the units. Feedback, whistling, and buzzing can be relieved by connecting devices with Bluetooth technology, as well. Many new hearing aids come equipped with apps to customize the hearing experience. These apps are connected to the devices through Bluetooth, as well. When the apps detect a hearing environmental change, that information is sent directly to the hearing aid units to make your listening experience optimal.
Connecting with Multiple Devices
Not only is Bluetooth technology useful for connecting with incoming calls and smartphone apps, it can also be used to connect with the sound on other devices, as well. Music players and even televisions can be connected to hearing aids by directly sending sound to the units just as one might with earbuds. This connectivity makes it possible to have crystal clear audio as you move through the world while also transitioning to use hearing aids to hear the environment with the press of a button or even a voice command. Imagine listening to music as you cook or do yard work, picking up an incoming call from a friend, and then switching to the sound of the room or the outdoors with ease. All of this is possible due to the technological innovation of Bluetooth connectivity. Imagine wearing your hearing aids while going for a run or doing other activities!
Hearing Health in Portland
With such remarkable innovation in connectivity, sound quality, and moving seamlessly between devices, why not take the opportunity to inquire about new hearing aids that are Bluetooth compatible? If you do not yet have hearing aids, it is a good idea to have a hearing exam to see if they can help you. If you do have hearing aids, you may also want to make an appointment with us at Hearing Health to find out if newer models with Bluetooth technology might be appropriate for you. If you can reap the benefits of Bluetooth with a new set of hearing aids, the upgrade might bring new features that you didn’t know were possible.