Since the start of the pandemic, it’s become normal to chat with others via video-link.
People are using this technology for many purposes – whether it’s catching up with loved ones, attending group events, or updating work colleagues.
However, it’s posed new challenges for the hard of hearing, and many of my patients have asked me how they can improve their online experiences.
That’s why I’ve put together a short video showcasing the technology that can assist you, which you can find here. These are some of the key points from the clip.
What is a multimedia streamer?
Hearing aids come with a variety of accessories these days, which can help you adapt to different circumstances and expand your capabilities.
One accessory that many of my patients love is a TV streamer – or TV adapter, as they’re sometimes called – which sends your entertainment system’s audio output straight to your hearing aids.
This is often a life-changing investment, as it lets you watch shows and movies together with your loved ones at different volume levels.
But in today’s world, this accessory can do more than just amplify your television; it can also offer this same service to your computer or tablet.
How does this work?
It’s very easy to connect your TV streamer to your computer.
As I show in the video, you’ll first need to purchase an adapter from our office, which will let you plug the accessory’s TV cables into your computer’s headphone jack.
Then, once everything is linked up, simply connect your hearing aids to your TV streamer, as you would normally, and the audio output should be sent straight to them.
If you don’t already have a TV streamer, it’s not a problem! Almost every hearing aid manufacturer offers their own, which will work with your current device.
These include ReSound, Oticon, Starkey, Phonak, Widex, and others. So if you’re looking to improve your experience, my team can help you to source the right product!
Bluetooth compatible hearing aids
A small number of hearing aids have complete Bluetooth compatibility – which is not the same as the standard 2.4 GHz technology found in most others.
These are the Phonak Marvel and the Phonak Paradise.
And if you have either of these, you’ll be able to connect directly to your computer – as long as it also has Bluetooth capabilities – and stream the audio output to them.
Streaming from a tablet
Today, most behind-the-ear devices let you stream directly from Apple products – such as iPads and iPhones.
But if you have a tablet that Apple doesn’t manufacture, you may need a TV streamer accessory, the same as many computers require.
Some, such as the Phonak Marvel or Paradise, as I mentioned previously, will let you stream calls and music using other brands of tablet.
However, most will require extra technology to allow you to do this.
Have a question?
I understand that often people’s requirements are unique to them.
So if you have any questions about which TV streamer you need or how you can get the most out of your online experience, please don’t hesitate to ask!
If you’re based in Houston or Lake Jackson and would like to come to our offices, my team would be more than happy to meet with you and discuss your needs in person.
In addition, video and phone calls are also available, which are great non-contact alternatives if you live further away.
Simply call us at (713) 893-1070 (Houston) or (979) 258-6483 (Lake Jackson), and we’ll be ready to help you. You can also write to us in the contacts section of our website.