Bluetooth Hearing Aids Benefits and Drawbacks

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If you are among the 48 million Americans with hearing loss, you know how frustrating it can be to try to follow a conversation when you can’t hear all the words or hear music clearly. You may also know that many hearing aids now come with Bluetooth technology that can stream phone calls, music and other audio directly to your hearing aids.

If you’re considering hearing aids with Bluetooth streaming, here’s what you need to know.

How Bluetooth Hearing Aids Work

Bluetooth is a wireless technology that allows devices to connect to each other. When you stream audio from your phone, television or tablet to your hearing aids, the Bluetooth connection transmits the sound signals directly to your hearing aids.

Your hearing aids receive the sound signals and amplify them so you can hear them better. Many Bluetooth hearing aids also come with a directional microphone feature. This means that the hearing aids will focus on the person in front of you and reduce other background noise.

Benefits of Bluetooth Hearing Aids

There are several benefits of streaming phone calls and other audio directly to your hearing aids:

  • You can have hands-free phone conversations.
  • You can stream audio from other Bluetooth-enabled devices, such as your TV, MP3 player or computer.
  • You can hear the audio more clearly because the sound signals go directly to your hearing aids.
  • You don’t have to worry about managing separate volume controls for your hearing aids and your phone or other audio sources.

Drawbacks of Bluetooth Hearing Aids

There are a few potential drawbacks to consider before you buy Bluetooth hearing aids:

  • You need to have a Bluetooth-enabled device to use the feature.

If you’re considering Bluetooth hearing aids, talk to your audiologist to see if they’re a good fit for you. There are an array of options and your audiologist will be able to help you select the best Bluetooth hearing aids for your needs.

To learn more about Bluetooth hearing aid options at Prescription Hearing Orland Hearing Center, please contact us.

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