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Hearing aids have advanced dramatically throughout the last 10-15 years.

As each year passes by, hearing aids become smaller, more discreet, and more effective at enhancing sound. They also come equipped with a variety of state-of-the-art features, including the ability to connect to other devices wirelessly, which is what we’ll be reviewing today.

Here’s how wireless technology works and how you can benefit.

How Bluetooth technology works

Bluetooth is a standardized wireless communication platform that makes it possible for devices to interact with each other through radio waves. A large assortment of products incorporates Bluetooth technology, including smartphones, portable music players, tablets, computers, and televisions.

Have you ever noticed someone talking on their phone using a hands-free wireless headset? Or somebody receiving a call from their cell phone using their car audio system? That’s Bluetooth technology in action.

So can you buy a Bluetooth hearing aid?

Yes and no. Bluetooth technology calls for a greater power supply than can be granted by hearing aid batteries. But there is a workaround, and in fact, there are two.

Your options for wireless hearing aids

Hearing aids do not include Bluetooth technology directly because, as we said, it would deplete the battery too rapidly. Fortunately, manufacturers solved this problem a while ago by creating an intermediary between the hearing aid and the Bluetooth device (phone, TV, computer, etc.). This intermediary is called either a “streamer” or an “assistive listening device.”

Here’s how it works: your Bluetooth enabled cell phone communicates wirelessly to the streamer which then directs the signal to the hearing aid without depleting the hearing aid battery.

So, if you’re in the market for wireless hearing aids, you have two principal options:

  1. Hearing aids combined with an assistive listening device – as described above, the assistive listening device, or streamer, which is a small hand-held device, acts as an intermediary between the Bluetooth device and the hearing aid.
  2. Made for iPhone hearing aids – several hearing aid models are branded as “Made for iPhone,” which basically means that the iPhone acts as the streamer itself, connecting directly with the hearing aid.

Your hearing care expert can help you decide which option is right for you.

The benefits of wireless hearing aids

Whether using a Made for iPhone hearing aid or a streamer, there are a variety of benefits to going wireless, including:

  • Improved music listening experience – imagine streaming your favorite music from your iPhone or portable music player directly to your hearing aids. This way,, your hearing aids become a pair of high-quality earbuds.
  • Hands-free phone calls – answering calls with no hands is more convenient and having the sound stream straight to the hearing aids produces enhanced sound quality.
  • Crisper TV sound – streaming the audio from your computer, tablet, or television leads to sharper sound and superior speech comprehension from movies and TV shows. You’ll never struggle to understand dialogue again.
  • Enhanced gym experience – listen to your favorite music or podcasts at the gym without any wires getting in the way.
  • Personalized control – inconspicuously adjust your hearing aid volume and settings by utilizing your wireless remote control or iPhone (with compatible models).
  • Connection to hearing loops – hearing aids fit with telecoils can connect to hearing loop systems in community venues like auditoriums, theaters, and courts.

Thinking about upgrading to wireless hearing aids? Contact us today for more information.