Is a Bluetooth Hearing Aid Worth It?

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Bluetooth-enabled hearing aids help you stay connected to the world around you when you use your mobile phone, TV, tablet or other device. Hearing aid technology is evolving rapidly and has made significant progress in recent years, including the recent introduction of Bluetooth technology. 

Just as you can connect your mobile phone to your car radio, you can now connect your hearing aids to any number of devices to help you hear the best in each case. Bluetooth technology lets you use your hearing aids as more than just a hearing aid. You can use them as a device to optimize your hearing – either in the car, while watching TV or talking to friends and relatives using Skype or Facetime.

What are Bluetooth hearing aids?

Bluetooth hearing aids are hearing aids designed to connect to other compatible Bluetooth devices. Some Bluetooth hearing aids use an accessory called a Streamer to facilitate the connection between the Bluetooth enabled device and the hearing aids. 

However, Apple products can be connected directly to some hearing aids without a streamer. For those people who use hearing aids and are still actively working and engaging in conversations on a regular basis, then a Bluetooth hearing aid could be very beneficial. It makes life a little simpler and offers many interactive purposes that will ensure that you are always getting the most out of your hearing aid. Here are some of the benefits: 

Streaming

There are many benefits to connecting to your mobile phone via Bluetooth. Whether you are using a Streamer or an iPhone you can now receive phone calls using your hearing aids as a headset. This will allow you to listen to anyone talking through the hearing aid instead of using your loudspeaker or trying to adjust the phone to the microphone in the hearing aid.

In addition to standard phone calls, hearing aids also allow you to stream from other audio sources. You can stream music from your mobile phone, tablet or computer. This includes Skype and Facetime, which means you can listen to personal conversations with your friends and family through your headset as your own headset.

Connection to TV

There is a device that mediates the Bluetooth hearing aids and TVs called Tv transmitter, which transmits the sound from your TV to your headphones. Just plug in a small box to your TV and you can stream audio from your TV to your headphones. This is a good solution for those who have difficulty listening to the TV even with hearing aids or who have family members who are bothered by the high volume of the TV.

Remote microphone

When in very difficult listening situations, such as a loud restaurant or a meeting, some people may find it difficult to hear even with their headphones on. Fortunately, with the introduction of Bluetooth technology, your Streamer or iPhone can often be used as a microphone and can be worn by the person you are trying to listen to. This microphone will amplify its voice to other sounds around you, making it easier to hear them.

Are they expensive? 

The cost of a hearing aid depends on the type of model you’ve selected and the additional features you want added. Bluetooth can offer a variety of different advantages to your listening experience, making it an excellent addition. 

There are many types of hearing aids but there are always many different aids that work in different ways which slightly different purposes and to best fit your lifestyle. For people on the go who want to be tech-savvy and connect up to all different applications, then a Bluetooth hearing aid could be hugely beneficial. 

There are other types of hearing aids also, such as cochlear implants and standard hearing aids. Although cochlear implants and hearing aids may look or do similar things at first glance but they are actually two very different instruments. Headphones are removable devices while cochlear implants require surgery. A headset amplifies certain sounds and reduces ambient noise and other unwanted sounds. 

A cochlear implant is surgically implanted and sends electrical impulses through the auditory nerve. The brain recognizes these impulses as sound. While a hearing aid can fully or almost restore hearing, a cochlear implant can only simulate hearing. Bluetooth hearing aids will certainly be a good investment if you wish to make life that simpler. 

To learn more about how Bluetooth hearing aids could benefit you contact Noblie Hearing aids at 239-772-8108.