Wireless Technology in Hearing Aids

Dec 8, 2010 by

It’s obvious that hearing aid technology and wireless technology are converging quickly. Hearing aids are continually being improved. They are becoming more powerful, lighter, interactive and automated for a better quality of life to the wearer. Digital hearing aids now deliver high sound quality, loud noise filtering, and soft noise pickup. They also offer wireless technologies to allow one hearing aid to “talk” to the other on the other side of the head. Certainly, wireless technology in hearing aids is a proof of a new world where technological advancement is happening every minute.

Bluetooth technology allows you to turn your hearing aids into a wireless headset enabling you to hear in-stereo while talking on the phone, listening to TV, or listening to music.  Bluetooth connects and exchanges information between electronic devices such as cell phones and hearing aids, television and hearing aids, landline phones and hearing aids, and MP3 devices and hearing aids.

Bluetooth devices in the house are always communicating with one another as long as their power is turned on.  The communication between devices is not impeded by walls or floors, therefore, if your phone rings in your house, you can answer the phone without physically picking up the phone.  You simply push a button to accept the call through the hearing aids.  If you are watching your favorite football team and decide to use the restroom, you will still hear the game through the hearing aids while in the restroom.  This happens because your hearing aids and the television each send out a signal that the other receives automatically.   

Another application of wireless technologies in hearing aids is that sometimes a person with hearing loss may be totally deaf in one ear, caused perhaps from firing firearms continuously or being around loud machinery, or as a result of an accident. Because they only have one “good” ear, they often can’t tell if someone is talking to them on their bad side. Wireless technologies in hearing aids can help such persons. By wearing a special device around the neck and having a microphone and pickup in the bad ear that communicates sound to the good ear, the wireless hearing aid wearer can click on the neck device and allow the two hearing aids to “talk” to each other for a better listening experience, covering a 360º radius around themselves.

These are some benefits of Bluetooth Hearing Aids:

  • Bluetooth enables a hearing aid user, a better compatibility with bluetooth enabled hands free devices. This has effectively tackled the problems of compatibility with phone headsets and ipods, faced by hearing aid users.
  • Bluetooth technology facilitates communication between two hearing aids, which leads to optimal audibility.
  • This technology also facilitates connectivity with wireless bluetooth enabled devices, like cell phones and music players.
  • They basically enhance the listening for the hearing aid users.
  • If the hearing aid has an ear level instrument (eli), then the bluetooth technology works properly.
  • Bluetooth hearing aids consume less power.

Wireless technology has the potential to significantly affect the provision of hearing care. Hearing aids equipped with wireless systems will solve many of the most common issues encountered by hearing aid wearers—telephone use, noise, and listening problems associated with distance and reverberation. They may also someday enhance binaural processing and offer a means by which a hearing aid can learn how best to deal with the ever changing acoustic environment. Ultimately, wireless devices may encourage the convergence of the normal-hearing and hard-of-hearing markets and potentially redefine the way hearing care is provided. It is an exciting time

There are many options available to those with hearing problems, and hearing aid technology is improving on a constant basis.  To learn more about Bluetooth technology, contact Hear Florida and schedule a demonstration to see how you can live wirelessly.