What are bluetooth hearing aids?
Bluetooth hearing aids are a type of hearing aid that uses Bluetooth wireless technology to connect to other devices, such as smartphones and tablets. Bluetooth allows two or more devices to transfer data wirelessly between one another in the form of radio waves. Some hearing aids can connect directly with Bluetooth or an assistive listening device such as a streamer, neckloop or compatible headset may be required. Bluetooth enables the user to control the hearing aids with their device, as well as use features like music streaming and phone calls, as seen on the latest devices such as the Signia Active.
Bluetooth hearing aids come in a variety of styles, including in-the-ear (ITE), behind-the-ear (BTE), and receiver in the canal (RIC) models. They are also available in a range of prices, depending on the features offered. For a cheaper alternative, some hearing aids have the ability to be Bluetooth-compatible with other gadgets such as phones, televisions, laptops and just require an assistive listening device (ALD) to relay the sound. ALDs in the form of wireless streamers are one of the most popular methods to enjoy amplified sounds without Bluetooth hearing aids.
How Do Bluetooth Hearing Aids Work?
Wireless hearing aids can either connect directly to a bluetooth device, or may need to first be paired with a streamer. Once set up, the streamer will seek the Bluetooth signal and connect your hearing aids to the required device. It's that simple! Alternatively, wireless listeners are the next best thing...
Bluetooth hearing aids allow the hard of hearing to benefit more from everyday situations and enjoy more of what life has to offer. This can be limited by standard hearing aids, as to effectively use phones, watch television and listen to music, removal of hearing aids may be required.
The latest audiological technology means it is now possible to connect hearing aids with other electronic devices and stream sound to your hearing aids thanks to Bluetooth connectivity.
Please note: You will require a Bluetooth compatible hearing aid to sync devices. If not, you will have to rely on assistive listening devices.
Made for iPhone and Android
Apple patented Bluetooth connectivity with hearing aids so that Bluetooth-compatible hearing aids can connect to the iOS platform on iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touch devices. The Apple device acts as an assistive listening device that streams audio content directly to the hearing aids. Android smartphones using 10.0 or later also offer hearing aid streaming functionalities.
What Benefits Can Be Enjoyed Thanks To Bluetooth Hearing Aids?
Connect to multiple devices
One of the biggest benefits is that they allow you to connect wirelessly to multiple devices such as your smartphone or tablet and easily switch between them. This allows you to listen to music, make phone calls, and more without having to worry about getting tangled up in cords.
Another benefit of Bluetooth hearing aids is that they can be used with a variety of different earpieces, including custom-made earpieces. This allows you to find the perfect fit that makes your hearing aid comfortable and practically invisible. They also offer a personalised listening experience, whereby the streamed signal can be amplified and customised for activities such as listening to music or taking calls, when being used with iOS or Android devices.
Simple to use
Bluetooth hearing aids are designed with ease of use in mind. They can be controlled with a simple touch of a button on your iPhone or Android phone, and many models come with built-in directional microphones that make it easier to hear conversations in noisy environments.
One core advantage is that Bluetooth technology allows you to obtain a far superior sound quality when using your hearing aids with other electronic devices. The Bluetooth connection should be able to match your own personal requirements. Bluetooth will work on one or both hearing aids and settings can be altered for each hearing aid independently, e.g. you may require a louder volume in one ear.
Bluetooth hearing aids are available to buy, but at a high price. Therefore, other options such as ALDs and wireless streamers are an affordable alternative.
Top 3 Bluetooth Hearing Aids of 2021
As technologies improve, so do hearing aids. There are now a number of hearing aids that are Bluetooth compatible and allow for wireless streaming between multiple devices. Here are our top 3 bluetooth hearing aids:
The Signia Active is the perfect choice for anyone tempted to look at less conventional and modern looking devices to improve their hearing. With their modern earbud appearance other people won’t even recognise them as hearing aids!
The Signia Active combines a user-friendly and comfortable design (similar to premium consumer audio products) with audiological high-tech features. The Li-ion rechargeability in the pocket-sized Signia Active charger is environmentally friendly and the case can also charge whilst on the go, so you’ll never run out of juice. A fully charged Signia Active aid will keep going for 24 hours.
- Rechargeable on-the-go
- Programmable to your audiogram & free remote fine-tuning for the life of the product
- Controlled via smartphone App or remote control (iPhone and Android compatible)
- Direct audio streaming for Apple devices ('Made for iPhone' feature)
Phonak Audeo Marvel M30
The take-home message about the Audeo Marvel is how flexible it can be - even at its entry level price point. Amazingly small (an inch!) for a fully bluetooth-enabled product, with a high level of sound quality, and I can programme it in a way that makes everything automatic for the user.
Phonak has developed rechargeability in the hearing industry with the introduction of lithium-ion rechargeable batteries. Rechargeable Audeo Marvel hearing aids are quick to charge and long lasting. The Phonak Combi Case Charger is really well designed and so easy to use. The aids switch on automatically when removed from the charger and turn off when placed back into the charging case.
- RIC design - product has a discreet design without compromising power or features
- Direct streaming from mobiles via bluetooth
- Programmable to an audiogram and free fine tuning for the life of the product
- Quick to charge and long lasting
Phonak Audeo Paradise P30
Phonak's Audeo Paradise range of hearing aids builds on the outstanding success of the popular Phonak Marvel range. Available in 4 levels of technology functionality, the Phonak Audeo Paradise P30 is its 'entry-level' or 'essential' level. The Audeo Paradise has a very similar outer design as the Marvel, but inside things have developed significantly.
The Prism chip has double the memory of the one used in the Marvel and provides more power and lower power consumption. The wireless connectivity function in the Audeo Paradise has also been updated allowing more active connections and noticeably enhanced Bluetooth stability.
- RIC design - device remains discreet without compromising power or features
- Allows for direct streaming to multiple bluetooth devices
- Programmable to an audiogram
- Free remote fine tuning for the life of the product (via the myPhonak app)
Which Wireless Items Do We Dispense?
At Hearing Direct, you will find many wireless items that will amplify sounds and enhance the way we listen. Assistive Listening Devices - Our online store is full of wireless TV listeners, external headsets, and neckloops.
The Geemarc CL7370 is one of our most prominent Wireless TV Listeners. It can deliver high-quality sound directly to your ears. The CL7370 enables you to connect to a variety of audio systems, such as your TV, smartphone, CD player, iPod, Hi-fi system or DVD player.
If you find following your favourite TV programs a struggle, or you simply want the best possible sound at a volume level that suits you, the CL7370 is an invaluable solution.
We also supply essential everyday items to improve your quality of life as well as the hard of hearing necessities needed to maintain an independent lifestyle. This includes:
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About Hearing Direct
We are one of the world's leading hearing aid specialists. HearingDirect offers a wide range of affordable products, and information resources to help improve the quality of life for the hard of hearing. We sell:
- Hearing aids,
- Accessories such as earplugs,
- and amplified devices such as super loud alarm clocks and amplified phones.