Bluetooth® hearing aids can be used for many activities by connecting remotely to the devices mentioned below - turning your hearing aids into a wireless headset.
How do Bluetooth® hearing aids work?
Bluetooth® is a wireless communication technology which means that it allows for the transfer of data between two or more small electronic devices without any cords. It is designed to communicate between devices over less than 10 meters.
Bluetooth® hearing aids use Bluetooth Low Energy technology (BLE). It is somewhat different from the classic Bluetooth® used in laptops. For this reason, having a connectivity accessory as an intermediate device is often needed to be able to connect your hearing aids to your smart devices.
1. Bluetooth® hearing aids allow you to hear phone conversations more clearly
By connecting your hearing aid to your smartphone via Bluetooth®, your phone conversations will be sent directly through your Bluetooth® hearing aids. It means that you don’t have to strain to hear what’s being said through the phone receiver.
Many hearing aid manufacturers have partnered with Apple to make Made for iPhone™ hearing aids. It means that your hearing aids can connect directly to your chosen Apple device.
Most Android devices, on the other hand, require a “streamer” which functions as an intermediate device to facilitate communication between the Bluetooth® hearing aids and the device.
2. Listen to your favorite TV program at your own chosen volume setting
Have you ever asked your friends to turn up the volume on the television because you couldn’t hear? With Bluetooth® hearing aids you can wirelessly connect to the television. This way you can watch the program at your own preferred volume, while your family members can enjoy their preferred volume setting on the TV. Finally – a solution that works well for everyone. You will need a TV Adaptor to connect your hearing aids wirelessly to your TV.
3. Bluetooth® hearing aids can be used instead of headphones to listen to music and podcasts
There’s no need to swap out your hearing aids for headphones any longer. With Bluetooth® hearing aids you can connect wirelessly to your favorite playlist or podcast. This way your Bluetooth® hearing aids can function as high quality headphones.
4. Enjoy video chats or TV programs with better sound quality
Stay in touch with your loved ones via video chat with Bluetooth® hearing aid and enjoy hearing them directly through your hearing aids. You no longer have to struggle to hear the sounds of the video chat through the computer speaker as the sound (i.e. your relative’s voice or laugh) is streamed to your Bluetooth® hearing aids. You can also enjoy your favorite videos and TV programs by streaming the audio to your Bluetooth® hearing aids.
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5. Make your life easier with phone apps specifically designed for Bluetooth® hearing aids
There are a selection of smartphone applications available which allow you to perform hearing aid related tasks.
An example of an app that can make life with hearing aids easier is the Oticon ON app that allows you to do the following8:
Connect your hearing aids to smart devices in your home via IFTTT system.
Adjust the volume on your Bluetooth® hearing aids
Change the pre-set programs in your Bluetooth® hearing aids
Find your hearing aids using a hearing aid locater
Another example is the Oticon RemoteCare app. It allows you to have a remote consultation with your hearing care experts. This means that you can have your follow-up appointments, fitting and adjustments based on an existing audiogram using the RemoteCare app on your smartphone – all from the comfort of your own home.
Learn more about the Oticon ON app