Are Bluetooth Hearing Aids Truly Worth It?
Because nearly all modern hearing aids are now digital, they come with more customizations than ever before allowing you to mix and match options with unprecedented ease.
Of all the features that are currently available, Bluetooth is arguably the most popular.
But what does it mean for a hearing aid to be “Bluetooth-enabled?”
And is this particular feature worth it?
How Bluetooth Hearing Aids Work
Bluetooth-enabled hearing aids work by creating a wireless connection with other Bluetooth devices to send and receive audio information. This wireless “pairing” can be established with everything from speakers to cell phones to TV’s to computers.
Hearing aids that come with Bluetooth technology are specially calibrated ensuring your ears receive clear and seamless sound. For optimal sound clarity, it is imperative that an audiologist properly fits and customizes your hearing aids for your specific type of hearing loss.
In addition, many higher quality hearing aids have microphones that can automatically adjust sound levels and amplification in real-time to account for background and ambient noises. Most Bluetooth-enabled hearing aids also come with dedicated mobile apps, allowing you to further customize these settings on-the-go (and now on your own, free of charge and without an appointment with your audiologist). You can even create unique presets for different environments say for work, home or the gym.
Why Bluetooth Hearing Aids Are So Popular
Bluetooth-enabled hearing aids offer unparalleled sound clarity, allowing you to receive audio information more clearly and with less distortion.
This is especially useful in noisy environments and situations including:
- Crowded restaurants
- Loud city streets
- Busy conference calls
- Family gatherings
- Movie nights with friends
Convenience is also a major selling point as you can be “hands-free” with all your daily activities, whether you’re talking on the phone, walking down the street or driving along the highway.
And thanks to recent technological advances, Bluetooth doesn’t severely compromise battery life - either with your hearing aids or other pairing devices.
Should I Use Bluetooth Hearing Aids?
If you’re like most hearing aid users, the answer is probably “Yes.”
These days, you’re likely experiencing more screen-time, media consumption and phone conversations than ever before. Bluetooth-enabled hearing aids allow you to engage in these activities with greater ease and far less frustration.
The same is true if you frequently attend lectures or would like to use your smart device as a microphone at conferences. Your Bluetooth hearing aid guarantees that sound is received, amplified and transmitted directly into your ears, even in the noisiest environments.
Moreover, Bluetooth technology has become increasingly less of an “either/or” decision. With the vast majority of hearing aids manufactured over the last 18 months that are already Bluetooth-enabled, the following is a helpful timeline:
- Used to be an add-on
- Now truly mainstream
- Soon, it’ll be the default
So when shopping around for hearing aids, you no longer have to worry about whether Bluetooth is worth it or not. Instead, you can focus on other characteristics - like performance, cost, warranty coverage or newer (truly optional) features.
If you need help finding the right Bluetooth hearing aids for your own lifestyle, we’re here to help.
To begin, schedule a free consultation with The Hearing Solution today, and our on-site audiologists will be happy to discuss your needs.
Interested in learning more? Attend one of our regular hearing solution events to learn more about our unique approach to hearing loss or give us a call at 916-646-2471.Contact Us Now