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Bluetooth Hearing Aids: What You Need to Know Before You Buy

Bluetooth hearing aids are a technological advancement that allows those with wireless hearing aids eliminate the need of a typical secondary streaming device in order to capture sound. With a Bluetooth hearing aid, the aid connects directly to a mobile or audio device making life with hearing aids simpler. But, as with any electronic purchase, customers must do their research before investing in one.

Posted 11-19-2014 by Marketing Department

What are Bluetooth hearing aids?
Bluetooth is a wireless communication technology that uses radio waves to securely transmit data between electronic devices. Many modern music players, mobile phones, computers, televisions and even cars are compatible with the technology. Hearing aids are some of the latest devices to use Bluetooth technology.

Apple® patented Bluetooth connectivity with hearing aids. Beltone First™, the first made-for-iPhone hearing aid, wirelessly communicates with Apple devices and provides an easy way to hear every day sounds. The Bluetooth technology allows the user to use hearing aids in multiple ways, like amplifying speech with higher clarity or listening to music without the use of headphones.

Benefits of Bluetooth hearing aids

A Bluetooth hearing aid will help you connect to mobile phones, MP3 players, GPS devices, FM systems, computers, and many electronic devices hands-free.  For example, a mobile phone can ring directly into a Bluetooth hearing aid letting the user the answer and conduct the call through the aids with just a push of a button.

Bluetooth hearing aids also help hearing in difficult situations, such as crowded or noisy places, or if you are turned away from a speaker. The technology helps eliminate normal annoyances that traditional hearing aids usually present with. There is no static noise interference or feedback in the Bluetooth hearing aid, and it allows tech savvy users to seamlessly transition between multiple electronic devices and hearing improvement.

Are there any disadvantages?

Bluetooth enabled assistive listening is not for the gadget shy individual, because they are primarily designed to be set up with multiple electronic devices. Users who do not own a mobile phone or other mobile device may not be able to enjoy the full benefits of a Bluetooth hearing aid.

Where are Bluetooth hearing aids available?

You must discuss your hearing needs with an audiologist before choosing a hearing aid. While there are Bluetooth hearing aids that can be purchased without having to see a physician first, keep in mind that over the counter hearing aids are not designed for people with hearing loss.

These types of hearing aids are personal sound amplifier products (P.S.A.P.’s) and are only useful for people with normal hearing in recreational environments. If you have diagnosed hearing loss, it is important to have your hearing levels checked by a professional audiologist before getting yourself fitted by a hearing care professional for a Bluetooth enabled hearing aid.

If you're interested in a Bluetooth hearing aid, talk to your audiologist about your lifestyle requirements and the types of devices that you use throughout the day. Ask them about new technology that can make your listening experience better. Call us at 1-800-BELTONE to schedule a FREE hearing screening. 

Beltone First is compatible with iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPad Air, iPad (4th generation), iPad mini with Retina display, iPad mini and iPod touch (5th generation) using iOS 7.X or later. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Siri and FaceTime are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc.