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Bluetooth-enabled Hearing Aids

Bluetooth is a modern feature of hearing aids that changes the way the user interacts with other Bluetooth enabled objects. With the quick wireless response time of Bluetooth, hearing aid users get crisp quality without the hassle of wires. Affordable Hearing has access to Bluetooth hearing aids, accessories and information about compatible software. Users that are getting hearing aids or updating older models will benefit from the new features provided. 

The advantages

The biggest advantage of a Bluetooth hearing aid is the “true” wireless connectivity. It is the winning feature and the main thing that separates it from a traditional neck loop setup. Bluetooth pairs and connects fast, and remembers settings even after it is disconnected. Streaming quality of sound is high grade and doesn’t suffer from compression issues that occur when using long-range wireless connectivity. Bluetooth is short range and can cover about 328 feet before a loss in quality becomes an issue. Hearing aids connect directly to a Bluetooth enabled device and stream sound in under a minute for the initial setup and under a few seconds afterward. 

The disadvantages

Users with a big house may find the default range to be lacking when they’re connecting to devices from a distance. In a home with a lot of Bluetooth enabled devices, first time pairing can be a hassle unless the other devices are cycled off. Bluetooth is a strong wireless technology, but doesn’t penetrate walls as well as normal Wi-Fi standards. In short, 328 feet is not guaranteed, even in perfect conditions. The ideal setup would be using Bluetooth in the same room as the device or in the next room over (for the best audio quality).

Bluetooth is future-proof

Bluetooth hearing aids are backward compatible with all devices. That means if an updated hearing device is trying to connect to an older Bluetooth enabled device, it will work flawlessly. It is recommended to consider Bluetooth technology when getting hearing aids if wirelessly connectivity is a priority. Neckloops/telecoil connections are much more limited in what they can do, but can work as a bridge between the two technologies. Bluetooth neckloops work well in new and old setups and can solve some compatibility issues with a few phones. But for the full experience with laptops, tablets, televisions and more, a Bluetooth hearing aid is the best choice.