What is Bluetooth®? Let’s answer that first, before we discuss how it can pertain to hearing aids. Bluetooth is the global wireless standard for simple, secure connectivity. It allows for one piece of electronic equipment to communicate with another piece of electronic equipment via a wireless means. Short-range radio signals transfer to another piece of equipment programmed to recognize it. Bluetooth technology includes hearing aids. But you might be more familiar with wireless laptops, portable speakers, and earphones.
How does Bluetooth apply to hearing aids? An example would be Starkey’s popular Halo, Halo 2 and Halo iQ hearing aids that use Bluetooth low energy (a subset of Bluetooth) to wirelessly connect to and communicate with Apple iPhone® and iPod®. Why get Bluetooth hearing aids? Audio content can be sent directly to a wearer’s ear. That is, an iPhone (phone calls, podcasts, music, and videos) can communicate with your Halo hearing aids in a clear-cut way.
For more detailed information about Bluetooth, contact your hearing instrument specialist at Pure Sound Hearing Aids.