You might not give Bluetooth® much thought, unless you’re enjoying a slice of pie at the county fair or drinking a grape-flavored beverage and forget to brush your teeth afterwards. We’re not talking about that type of blue tooth, though; we’re referring instead to the wireless technology platform that enables easy communication between electronic devices. If you wear hearing aids you really should think about Bluetooth, as it can make your life a lot more convenient.
Understanding How Bluetooth Works
In its simplest terms, Bluetooth works by utilizing high frequency radio waves to transmit data between electronic devices. Bluetooth-enabled devices contain a tiny computer chip that contains a radio receiver, and software that enables connectivity with compatible products. When the two are in close proximity, they connect – or “pair” – with one another. Bluetooth devices can actually connect with multiple products simultaneously. The advantage is significant – you don’t have to fuss with wires or cords.
Many electronic devices are equipped with Bluetooth technology nowadays, including smartphones, tablets, televisions, and portable music players. In the past decade, many hearing aid manufacturers have been adding Bluetooth capabilities to their hearing aids.
Advantages of Bluetooth-Enabled Hearing Aids
Hearing loss patients in Arizona can opt for Bluetooth-enabled hearing aids for convenience and improved functionality. Streaming signals from other electronic devices directly to your hearing aids allows you to stay connected more easily.
Bluetooth technology requires a certain amount of power to work correctly, and the tiny batteries that power most hearing aids are too small to get the job done. To overcome this problem, most Bluetooth-equipped hearing aids come with a digital streamer, which acts as a go-between, boosting the signal and enabling communication between the hearing aids and other electronic devices.
Hearing aids equipped with Bluetooth will give Arizonans with hearing loss a more personalized listening experience. You can stream the audio signals to either one or both hearing aids, helpful in situations where you need to be able to hear other sounds, such as when you are talking on the phone. You can use your hearing aids as wireless earbuds when listening to music or watching television. With most streamers, you can easily change the settings on your hearing aids, adjusting the volume and built-in programs, and switch between electronic devices with the push of a button.
If your hearing aids are a few years old and you feel like you’d benefit from Bluetooth technology, your Tucson audiologist can help you select new devices that take advantage of this wireless platform.