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Hearing Aid Technology

Hearing aid technology has come a long way over the past 100+ years. Today devices are much more discreet, and many come equipped with features and accessories that help provide the best hearing experience possible. With all of the different styles and options, you’re bound to find the perfect solution to fit your lifestyle.

Bluetooth Hearing Aids

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Bluetooth technology connects devices together wirelessly and has become more and more widely used. You may already own speakers, headphones or other accessories that have Bluetooth compatibility. Similarly, many hearing aids on the market now come with Bluetooth enabled. This allows you to connect with common Bluetooth devices, such as cellphones, laptops, tablets and more.

If you regularly use Bluetooth devices, you will likely benefit from hearing aids that offer compatibility. When paired with another device, the audio will stream directly into your hearing aids. 

Being able to stream phone calls, music, podcasts, audiobooks, directions, and any audio coming from your smart phone has allowed those with hearing loss to thrive!  With the introduction of Bluetooth hearing aids, our patients can now enjoy hands-free listening with sound quality that is tailored to their hearing loss prescription. 

Benefits of bluetooth hearing aids

Connectivity isn’t the only benefit of Bluetooth hearing aids. They can also reduce static from your hearing aids and prevent feedback from digital devices. Keep in mind that when using your hearing aid with another device, you won’t be able to hear other sounds around you. 

At its initial launch, Bluetooth hearing aids worked primarily with smartphones.  Apps were designed to give the patient the ability to adjust volume and further enhance features like noise and wind reduction.  If you have an unfortunate mishap and lose your hearing aids, your smartphone has the ability to help you find them through your location services.  There is an incredible amount of technology in a small, hearing aid-sized package!

Bluetooth hearing aid compatibility

With many of the recent releases, Bluetooth features are no longer limited to iPhones, Androids, and smartphones.  Now, hearing aids are smart enough to be able to pair to any Bluetooth connection.  This means if your television is Bluetooth-enabled, your hearing aids can pair directly to it.  Same with your computer.  You no longer need an adapter to be able to make this wireless connection.

Bluetooth hearing aid styles

For the longest time, Bluetooth technology was available in behind-the-ear (BTE) and receiver-in-the-ear (RIC) devices.  As the technology has gotten smaller, manufacturers are able to get Bluetooth processors in smaller hearing aids, making it available in more hearing aid styles.

There are many different styles of hearing aids that come equipped with Bluetooth:

  • Behind the ear (BTE)
  • In the ear (ITE)
  • In the canal (ITC)
  • Invisible in canal (IIC)
  • Completely in canal (CIC)
  • Receiver in canal (RIC)

If you have questions regarding Bluetooth connectivity and how it can enhance your listening abilities, one of the team members at our Houston or Lake Jackson offices will be happy to help!  Take the first step in better hearing and schedule your visit.

Cellphone Accessories

Federal regulations require hearing aids to have cellphone compatibility, but if you’re a regular cellphone user, the standard may not provide the best hearing experience. These days, there are accessories that help enhance the quality of sound and make conversations clearer. 

Telecoils are tiny receivers built into hearing aids to help stream sounds directly into your device. Most hearing aids have telecoils, but be sure to ask your provider about this option. Bluetooth technology can be used to connect to your hearing aids via a neckloop or ear hook. These are handy devices that send signals to the telecoil to help amplify sounds and avoid background noise. These are particularly helpful with hands-free cellphone use while driving. Neckloops are thin wires worn around the neck, while earhooks sit tucked behind your ear. 

Rechargeable Hearing Aids & Devices

Since most hearing aids require frequent changing of disposable batteries, more and more people are opting for rechargeable options. These types of hearing aids provide hours of use on one charge and can be plugged in overnight to recharge. They are a great choice if you have trouble handling small batteries or if you live an on-the-go lifestyle. Some rechargeable devices even offer the flexibility to use disposable batteries in case you would prefer the option. 

If you ever have questions or would like more information on the latest technology, don’t hesitate to reach out to your provider. They are always in the know about what’s new, and can offer guidance toward the accessories and technology right for you.