From assistive listening mobile apps to closed captioning services, technology continues to improve the lives of people with hearing loss. And now there's one more innovation to add to the mix: Bluetooth. Bluetooth wireless technology is not new, but it is relatively new for the deaf and hard of hearing community. That's because hearing aid manufacturers recently figured out a way to integrate Bluetooth into their products, allowing users to enjoy a more seamless and connected lifestyle.
The Impact of Bluetooth on Hearing Aids
Hearing aids are designed to help people hear and comprehend speech better. They work by magnifying sound vibrations and then converting them into neural signals for the brain to understand. While they've had a hugely positive impact on people's ability to communicate and interact with the world, hearing aids do have some limitations. One of which is that they have trouble receiving some types of signals. When someone is talking on the phone, for example, hearing aids sometimes have difficulty picking up sound through the receiver. Hearing aids generally can't be directly linked to other devices, such as cell phones and MP3 players. If someone wants to listen to music privately, they'd have to remove their hearing aids and replace them with earbuds. But, thanks to Bluetooth, hearing aid users now have a more comprehensive solution.
What is Bluetooth?
Bluetooth is a wireless communication technology that allows you to stream high-quality audio from one device to another. When a hearing aid offers this technology, it means it's equipped with telecoils that can receive signals from Bluetooth-enabled devices. When these telecoils detect a signal, the microphone in the hearing aid shuts off. That way, users can enjoy sound without the interference of background noise. In some cases, the use of a streamer may be required. The Benefits of Bluetooth-Compatible Hearing Aids In an increasingly connected world, Bluetooth can benefit hearing aid wearers in more ways than one. They can now stream audio from their Android and Apple smart phones, as well as their televisions, computers, tablets, MP3 players and other devices directly to their hearing aids, allowing them to enjoy high-quality sound at their preferred auditory settings. The hearing aids can also be linked to more than one device. One minute you can be listening to a Netflix show on your laptop, and the next you can be FaceTiming a friend on your iPhone.
Hearing Aids for the Modern Wearer
To put it simply, Bluetooth makes listening to what you want, when you want, more convenient. If you're someone who uses technology a lot, from listening to music at the gym to playing video games at home, then Bluetooth-compatible hearing aids may be an upgrade that makes sense for your own life. As the addition of Bluetooth demonstrates, hearing aid manufacturers will continue to make strides to keep up with an ever-evolving technological world.