Bluetooth® has allowed the design and function of hearing aids to provide more for its users than ever before. In addition to better hearing, now you can stream audio from your TV, smartphone, or any other Bluetooth®-enabled device directly through your hearing aids.
Your regular usage of smartphones and other devices has become just as important as using the hearing aids themselves, so it’s important to find a hearing instrument specialist who knows the technology.
What is Bluetooth®?
In simple terms, Bluetooth® is a technology that can wirelessly connect at least two devices. For nearly every app, Bluetooth® is used to link the devices - similar to how the ‘USB’ has become the universal plug and outlet for cables and ports.
Bluetooth® devices connect by using a very high frequency of 2.4 GHz (24,000,000,000 Hz). This puts Bluetooth® in the level of radio frequencies. This means that it is prone to become intercepted by walls, or any other physical barrier and can be absorbed by bodies of water (the human body).
Wi-Fi can also be transmitted at this frequency. Therefore, wireless phones in your home, personal computer accessories such as a wireless mouse, and a keyboard can be used with Bluetooth®.
So it’s important to remember that distance from your internet source and interference can impact your device’s ability to function.
What does it mean to pair something with Bluetooth®?
Connections for your Bluetooth® devices are loaded up through a ‘pairing’. In this process, the two devices become acquainted with one another. They will share device addresses, connection information, and passwords to make a secure process. They will also be able to reconnect when it is necessary.
Practice and Play Around with Your Hearing Aids
If you are feeling overwhelmed by your hearing aids and Bluetooth® technology, play around with your devices to get a better understanding of them. It will take time to get used to. Remember, you can always contact your hearing aid provider for questions and concerns that may arise.
If you, or a loved one, would like to learn more about Bluetooth® and hearing aids, contact us at Pure Sound Hearing for a complimentary consultation.