Using Bluetooth with your hearing aids

Published 06 June 2023  | Updated 27 February 2024  | 4 mins read

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Modern hearing aids offer wearers so much more than just sound. In fact, they are packed full of amazing technology that can help make your daily life that bit easier! From wireless phones to streaming your favourite music, here’s our guide to using Bluetooth with your hearing aids. 

What is Bluetooth?

Bluetooth has been around for a while and is a commonplace technology in many mobile phones and other wireless devices. It puts an end to the need for wired connections by using a radio frequency to share data over short distances. For example, you can stream music from your phone to a portable speaker using Bluetooth.

Bluetooth has truly revolutionised the way we use our tech, and hearing aids are no exception.

Hearing aid rechargeable with a portable SmartCharger.

Bluetooth-enabled hearing aids

At The Hearing Care Partnership, we are proud to offer a fantastic range of Bluetooth-enabled hearing aids, including the latest Oticon aid, Oticon Real™. Bluetooth-enabled hearing aids not only help you prioritise your connections, but they do so with ease. 

What are the benefits and considerations of Bluetooth with hearing aids?

Improved phone connectivity

Bluetooth hearing aids can connect directly to a majority of smartphones so you can enjoy a world of convenient hands-free communication. By streaming your phone calls directly to your hearing aids you will benefit from clearer and more direct sound quality, making every phone call hassle-free.

Connectivity with other devices

Bluetooth is highly versatile, allowing you to connect your Bluetooth-enabled hearing aids to a variety of other devices such as televisions, computers, and other audio sources. This feature allows you a seamless transition between different listening environments.

Please note: Some devices require additional accessories to be able to connect. For more information please speak to your audiologist or click below.

Battery considerations

One of the only drawbacks to Bluetooth connectivity is the potential impact it can have on the battery life of your hearing aids. While short periods of Bluetooth streaming will have minimal impact on your battery, continuous streaming, such as listening to music all day, may result in you needing to recharge your aids sooner or having to replace the batteries.

Using Bluetooth with your hearing aids

 

Oticon hearing aids connected to the app on the phone to manage the volume.

Pairing hearing aids with devices

Because all hearing aids models differ, so do the pairing methods. Our audiologists will take the time to demonstrate to you how to pair your hearing aid with your phone or any other required device that might be required. 

 Tips for using Bluetooth with hearing aids

To keep your Bluetooth-enabled hearing aids working as they should do, then follow our easy tips below:

  • Always keep both your hearing aids and connected devices up to date with any software updates so they’re running on the latest version. This will ensure smooth communication between your hearing aids and device. If you are unsure how to do this then speak to a family member or your audiologist. 
  • Keeping your hearing aids clean will ensure the aids are working as they should, and their performance is not compromised by a build-up of ear wax.
  • Remember your audiologist is here to help. If there is something not quite right about your hearing aids, or maybe you just want to find out more about their capabilities, your audiologist will gladly take the time to go through and troubleshoot with you and provide you with guidance so you can maximise the benefits of your Bluetooth-enabled hearing aids.

Want to find out more about hearing aids?  

Whether you would like to experience hearing aids with Bluetooth for the first time or perhaps you’d like to learn more about how you can use yours effectively, please don’t hesitate to contact us. 

Call us on 0800 52 00 546 or book an appointment online with your local audiologist.