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There is a good chance that your current hearing aid offers Bluetooth technology, particularly if you purchased it I the last few years. Although Bluetooth may be most known to you as the technology which allows hands-free calls on your cellular phone, it has become a feature on many consumer products in the last few years, including home phones, TVs, computers and mp3 players, just to name a few. Hearing aids equipped with Bluetooth give you brand new ways to use and manage these products, making them more convenient and flexible, and giving you an improved sound experience.

Nearly all hearing aids use a small, easy to use external device to operate their Bluetooth features. Generally these devices–sometimes called controllers–are meant to be kept in a pocket or worn around the owner’s neck. Whenever you want to receive Bluetooth signals, the controller will receive the sounds and wirelessly transmit them to your hearing aid. That means no more having to crank up the volume on your television, phone or other Bluetooth-compatible devices, because you can have the sound signals sent directly to your hearing aids. You can even use Bluetooth to listen to telephone conversations in both ears, making it even easier to understand.

Bluetooth controllers are designed to be user friendly. If you want to connect your hearing aids to a specific Bluetooth device (a television, for example), it’s usually as simple as pushing a button. For example, if you want to listen to your telephone through your hearing aid, simply press the phone button to access it. Depending upon the particular type of Bluetooth-enabled hearing aids you have, you may even be able to access other features as well.

The added comfort and safety that come with Bluetooth-enabled hearing aids can be particularly significant for older people with limited mobility. Some of the newer designs allow the wearer to place telephone calls up to 30 feet away from the phone, providing easy communication without needing to go to the phone. This functionality could be potentially lifesaving during an emergency.

Choosing to buy a hearing aid with Bluetooth capabilities allows you to enjoy a clear, crisp listening experience that is difficult to achieve through other means. This straightforward technology can dramatically improve your ability to hear, allowing you to enjoy encounters that may have once been unattainable.