Hearing aids have experienced exciting innovations over recent years. One of the most common misconceptions about hearing aids is that they are bulky, outdated devices that are all too noticeable. But actually, hearing aids are not savvier and sleeker than ever before. Benefitting from advanced technology, these instruments offer such a range of styles and features that are designed to easily integrate into daily life. These sophisticated devices have various programs and settings that maximize hearing capacity, quality of sound, and overall experience. One feature that has transformed hearing aid capabilities is Bluetooth connectivity.
Bluetooth Hearing Aids
The introduction of Bluetooth technology transformed the hearing aid industry and the types of devices being produced. Prior to the possibility of connectivity, people would have to remove their hearing aids to do things like listen to music using earbuds or headphones. Not only is this inconvenient, but it creates hearing challenges! You would have to navigate reduced sound quality and strain yourself to try and hear the audio as clearly as possible.
Now, Bluetooth technology allows hearing aids to wirelessly connect to other electronic devices seamlessly. This is especially useful as we live in a more digitally interconnected world. Most of the hearing aid industry’s leading manufactures make Bluetooth enabled hearing devices. This technology allows data transfer between electronic devices. This allows different devices – with Bluetooth technology – to connect and pair. Speakers, smartphones, televisions, car stereos, laptops etc. can all be connected wirelessly. This means that Bluetooth enabled hearing aids can also connect with these devices which allows it to stream audio directly which offers several benefits!
Bluetooth enabled hearing aids can drastically improve daily life. These devices enhance listening experiences like listening to music, watching your favorite show, or talking on the phone with a loved one. Major benefits of Bluetooth hearing aids include:
- Personalized Listening Experience
One of the ways that these hearing aids offer an enhanced experience is through personalizing the incoming sound to your specific needs. Audio streaming from any source (TV, phone, speaker etc.) will be automatically personalized – through the programmed settings of your hearing aids – to match your hearing preferences. So you get to enjoy what you are listening to without having to do any work to adjust the sound. If one ear requires greater amplification or needs less volume for particular types of sounds, your hearing aids will make those adjustments to the incoming sound.
- Enhanced Sound Quality
Streaming audio directly sharpens sound quality. Bluetooth enabled hearing aids receive and adjust the sound which the wearer is then able to hear optimally. The capacity to stream audio directly also prevents feedback noise or whistling sounds which can be distracting and unpleasant.
- Improved Hearing for Both Ears
Bluetooth enabled hearing aids also effectively support binaural hearing. Binaural hearing refers to the ability to hear from both ears – specifically, the brain using sound information collected by both ears. This differs from unilateral hearing (loss) which describes normal hearing in one ear and some degree of hearing loss in the other; making absorbing and processing sound more challenging. With Bluetooth hearing aids, both hearing aids can communicate. Binaural settings allow sound to be sent from one side to the other. This provides ample hearing support by helping both ears pick up and process incoming sound. This strengthens the quality of speech as well as localization of sounds, allowing you to hear much more effectively (and comfortably).
- Remote Control Navigation
Bluetooth hearing aids are able to be controlled remotely, providing easy access to connectivity features. By using an app on your smartphone, you can conveniently operate your hearing aids: switch between programs, adjust the volume, change settings etc. Being able to make adjustments remotely prevents people from having to manually make changes which can be uncomfortable. Using an app is not only simple, but also discreet and quick.
Bluetooth-enabled hearing aids have facilitated greater connectivity, sound quality, and convenience. This technology has expanded hearing aid capabilities and has produced some of the most incredible devices on the market. Bluetooth hearing aids have supported people connecting and communicating in new and comfortable ways. If you are interested in learning more, please contact us!