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Hearing aids of today are not only far superior to the stereotypes of the past, but they are also better designed and increasingly made to conform to the individual’s needs than before. The stigma of hearing aids is slowly diminishing as public awareness and education of hearing loss has increased.
Hearing aids are now designed with the most cutting-edge technology available. In addition, they are designed for comfort and style, and are less inconspicuous and cumbersome as they were in the past. As consumers and as people that are aware of our hearing conditions, it is in our best interest to be aware of current trends and the user-friendly nature of hearing aids as it pairs with technological breakthroughs.
Benefits of Bluetooth Technology
In the past, Bluetooth technology was used predominantly for hearing music or speaking on the phone. Nowadays, Bluetooth has become an integral part of hearing aid technology. Bluetooth delivers and receives data in the form of radio waves. It can do so across more than one device. It also does this very effectively for short distances. Using a Bluetooth platform allows us to communicate across several electronic devices such tablets, phones, laptops and of course, hearing aids!
The high frequency streaming capability of Bluetooth allows it to transmit data securely and without fear of interference. It is also built on a platform using radio waves that are universal to all devices that enable Bluetooth. For example, your Bluetooth speaker will be compatible with your phone as well as your tablet. Since its conception in 1994, it has become polished and cultivated to incorporate many of the electronic devices we use today.
The allure and efficiency of Bluetooth also lie in its multiple device usage. You can easily switch from your TV to your laptop to your hearing device. Let’s say, for example, you are listening to music and a call comes into your mobile, it is easy to switch from using one device to the other.
This is especially important for your personalized settings and the ability to change them at will. It’s an advantage for people that use for example phone apps with their hearing aids. Given the numerous amounts of hearing environments, we experience in a given day, it’s good to know that our programming and settings for our specific needs can be adjusted accordingly.
If for some reason, your hearing aids are not Bluetooth enabled, there is a small gadget known as a streamer that can connect you to any Bluetooth devices you need.
It fits easily around your neck or in your pocket and works at a distance of 30 feet away from your selected electronic devices. You would pair your hearing aid with the streamer first, then pair whichever Bluetooth device you choose. The electromagnetic signals will be picked up by the streamer and transmitted to your chosen devices.
Appl and Google both have Bluetooth platforms that are tailored to their apps and devices. With a bit of research, you can find what suits you best for your needs, accessibility, and budget. The main objective is for you, the user to empower yourself with the needs specific technology suited to your lifestyle.
Apple has Bluetooth-enabled devices ranging from laptops to phones to hearing aids.
Google has recently launched apps that are made for hearing devices to better your hearing experience.
Bluetooth technology offers one of the best advantages we can hope to buy. The ability to move freely while using, programming, setting, switching and incorporating these devices to enhance our hearing sense. We are able to multi-task and adapt the technology to our ever-changing needs and environments with a tap of a key or button.
Personalization and clarity
The options you have for streaming or programming your Bluetooth are varied and plentiful. Depending on your hearing aids, phone apps and streaming devices, the Bluetooth connectivity enables you to set program your hearing needs to specific circumstances whether it be speaking to one person in a crowded restaurant to streaming music to speaking on the phone to a loved one.
Advanced Tech Hearing Aid Centers
At Advanced Tech Hearing Aid Centers, we understand that technology can be overwhelming and we hope you will reach out to us with any questions or concerns you may have. Our main goal is for you, or someone you love, to enjoy a life of better hearing and with your first appointment, we can get started!