Hearing aid technology has come a long way in recent years! Not only has noise management seriously improved, but a lot of hearing aids are now offering Bluetooth connectivity! Bluetooth can be a very useful tool for hearing aid users, but it is important to keep in mind that this is a perk of hearing aids, and not a priority.
Bluetooth connectivity allows hearing aid users to connect their hearing aids to a smartphone, or tablet, and utilize a remote-control app. With these apps, patients have the ability to change volume, have access to an equalizer, and in some cases can even participate in remote telehealth services with their provider!
Depending on the model of smartphone that you have, some hearing aid users are able to use Bluetooth connectivity to stream phone calls, music, etc. Many patients are thrilled with the sound quality and ease of phone calls when they can stream directly to their hearing aids!
As previously stated, these Bluetooth features are a perk of hearing aids; Hearing aids were designed to amplify incoming speech signals, and can be programmed to respond differently to each frequency. This is very different than Bluetooth headphones, and similar devices, as those products are made for the purpose of streaming. The fidelity and quality of the sound signal is much better using devices that are specifically made for streaming, versus hearing aids. While programming changes can be made for streaming settings in hearing aids, it is important to keep in mind realistic expectations.
If you are interested in discussing more about hearing aids that offer Bluetooth connectivity, or have additional questions, please contact Gardner Audiology in Tampa Bay, FL at 1-800-277-1182, or visit gardneraudiology.com to schedule an appointment.