Wireless accessories

December 9, 2015 by Simon Dufort

Les accessoires de connectivité sans fil

Nowadays, wireless networks are in. Electronic devices of all kinds—TVs, sound systems, smartphones, and tablets—are available with Bluetooth capabilities.

Yes, wires have gone the way of the dodo bird, but hearing aids follow the new trends. They can now be programmed without any physical connection to the programming device. But that’s not all! The latest hearing aids also have integrated technology that can connect them to a whole range of communication-enhancing devices, wirelessly.

Televisions

If you are a hard-of-hearing person and like to watch TV, you’ll be happy to know that many hearing aids compatible with wireless technology can now be connected to the TV and controlled using a simple remote. This sends the TV’s audio signal directly to the hearing aid, eliminating the degradation of sound as it travels and increasing sound perception, without disturbing anyone else in the room. It’s like wearing a headset, except everyone else can still enjoy the show!

Telephones

A residential phone line can be connected to a hearing aid* by way of a Connect Phone-type Bluetooth module. With this system, the voice of the person on the other end is transmitted simultaneously into both hearing aids. For someone who’s hard of hearing, this makes it much easier to communicate and greatly reduces binaural concentration—and ensuing fatigue—that often come with talking on the phone. There are even Bluetooth telephones that are directly com-
patible with hearing aids*, so no additional accessory is required!

P056 CL Phone Adapter

P056 CL Phone Adapter

Virtually every cellphone sold today has integrated Bluetooth tech­nology, which means the phone can be used with Bluetooth-compatible hearing aids*, basically transforming them into a wireless headset that can be used to talk on the phone or listen to music.

Assistive listening

When a person who’s hard-of-hearing attends events when she stands far from the speaker (conference, courses, trainings), she can ask them to wear an assistive listening device, that actually is a small lapel microphone wirelessly connected to hearing aids. Editor’s note: read article on this topic on page 10. It captures the wearer’s voice and transmits it directly to the hearing aids*, which greatly improves sound quality.*

Micro SG

Micro SG

For more information on the many options and possibilities available with Bluetooth wireless hearing aids, talk to an audioprosthetist.