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Bluetooth Hearing Aids: What You Need to Know Before You Buy

Bluetooth hearing aids are a technological advancement that allows those with wireless hearing aids eliminate the need of a typical secondary streaming device in order to capture sound. With a Bluetooth hearing aid, the aid connects directly to a mobile or audio device making life with hearing aids simpler. But, as with any electronic purchase, customers must do their research before investing in one.

What are Bluetooth hearing aids?

Bluetooth is a wireless communication technology that uses radio waves to securely transmit data between electronic devices. Many modern music players, mobile phones, computers, televisions and even cars are compatible with the technology. Hearing aids are some of the latest devices to use Bluetooth technology. Apple® patented Bluetooth connectivity with hearing aids. Beltone First™, the first made-for-iPhone hearing aid, wirelessly communicates with Apple devices and provides an easy way to hear every day sounds. The Bluetooth technology allows the user to use hearing aids in multiple ways, like amplifying speech with higher clarity or listening to music without the use of headphones.

Benefits of Bluetooth hearing aids

A Bluetooth hearing aid will help you connect to mobile phones, MP3 players, GPS devices, FM systems, computers, and many electronic devices hands-free.  For example, a mobile phone can ring directly into a Bluetooth hearing aid letting the user the answer and conduct the call through the aids with just a push of a button. Bluetooth hearing aids also help hearing in difficult situations, such as crowded or noisy places, or if you are turned away from a speaker. The technology helps eliminate normal annoyances that traditional hearing aids usually present with. There is no static noise interference or feedback in the Bluetooth hearing aid, and it allows tech savvy users to seamlessly transition between multiple electronic devices and hearing improvement.

Are there any disadvantages?

Bluetooth enabled assistive listening is not for the gadget shy individual, because they are primarily designed to be set up with multiple electronic devices. Users who do not own a mobile phone or other mobile device may not be able to enjoy the full benefits of a Bluetooth hearing aid.

Where are Bluetooth hearing aids available?

You must discuss your hearing needs with an audiologist before choosing a hearing aid. While there are Bluetooth hearing aids that can be purchased without having to see a physician first, keep in mind that over the counter hearing aids are not designed for people with hearing loss. These types of hearing aids are personal sound amplifier products (P.S.A.P.’s) and are only useful for people with normal hearing in recreational environments. If you have diagnosed hearing loss, it is important to have your hearing levels checked by a professional audiologist before getting yourself fitted by a hearing care professional for a Bluetooth enabled hearing aid. If you’re interested in a Bluetooth hearing aid, talk to your audiologist about your lifestyle requirements and the types of devices that you use throughout the day. Ask them about new technology that can make your listening experience better.

Beltone First is compatible with iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPad Air, iPad (4th generation), iPad mini with Retina display, iPad mini and iPod touch (5th generation) using iOS 7.X or later. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Siri and FaceTime are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc.

John Cariola, Au.D.
John has been working in the audiology industry since 1983 and has a true love and passion for everything the hearing health world has to offer. He grew up witnessing the British Invasion of The Beatles, The Who, The Kinks, etc. which really means he started out life with sound, really loud sound. And his passion for all sound continues today. John is currently Beltone's Director of Product Management. More About John

8 Replies

  • Allison Derby
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    What if I hunt and shoot a gun.Will theses hearing aids protect my ears from the sound of the gun shot?

    • Ask Beltone
      Reply

      Thanks for your question Allison.

      There are specially designed noise reduction instruments for hunters and sport shooters. These ear protection units are often advertised in gun related magazines.

      The noise reduction systems in Beltone hearing instruments are designed to help the wearer hear speech in noisy environments (e.g. restaurants), or to lower the level of ongoing noise (e.g. vacuum cleaner) to a more comfortable level.

  • Deloris578
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    My dad is 60 years old and is suffering from ringing in the ears. The sound usually lasts only a few minutes but it’s very irritating. Due to this he even behave awkward at times. Sometimes he experiences severe headache due to this. He reduced the intake of alcohol, caffeine and nicotine to reduce this but nothing helped. A specialist at Hearing solutions in Toronto recommended an apt hearing aid for him. Now he doesn’t worry of tinnitus and his hearing capability has gone up too. Are bluetooth hearing aids compatible only for iphone users?

  • williamtholman
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    Thanks for sharing such an info of Bluetooth hearing aid technology via a blog. My father who is 59 has been diagnosed with partial deafness while he underwent few hearing assessment in an audiologist clinic in Toronto. The worst part is, he is not ready to wear the hearing aid as his friends would make his laughing stock. What i want to know is, if we buy this Bluetooth hearing aid, would it prevent other people view that my father is wearing the hearing aid. ? I’m expecting a sudden reply from you. Thanks in advance.

  • Robert Green
    Reply

    I can hear but not understand what is being said. I have cancer and the chemo has damaged my nerve endings. I did have some hearing difficulties before the chemo too. I was told the Bluetooth hearing aid would be a good idea.

    • Amy Duvall
      Reply

      Hi Robert,

      I’m sorry your hearing has been damaged. Please give us a call at 1-800-BELTONE or visit our website at Beltone.com to find a Beltone office nearest you. We may be able to help you hear better with our assortment of hearing aids.

      Thank you.

  • Diane DeMauro
    Reply

    Is there a way to connect to my laptop via Bluetooth. I have the Trust 9 from Beltone. I can connect to my iphone

    • Amy Duvall
      Reply

      Hi Diane,

      I would recommend visiting your Beltone office where you purchased your hearing aids. They will be able to help you with your laptop question. I’m glad you’re able to connect to iPhone via your Trust hearing aids though!

      Thank you.

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