Posted on Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Connectivity for the New Year

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The holidays are a wonderful time, a time to get together with family and close friends. And to get presents. If you have hearing loss and you've gotten some nifty new gadgets this holiday season, you might be worried about getting the most out of your technology. But today's assistive listening devices are designed to help you get connected for the New Year.

Cell phones, computers, smart TVs, tablets today's technology has quickly been integrated into the average person's life. People with hearing loss are no exception. That's why hearing aid manufacturers have focused their assistive listening devices on providing connectivity. Below are some assistive listening devices that can allow your hearing aids to connect with your favorite technologies.

ConnectLine: Oticon's ConnectLine technology includes Streamer Pro. Worn around the neck, Streamer Pro delivers—television, computer, phone—into a person’s hearing aids, either wirelessly or via a wire. This can also be setup as a receiver for ConnectLine’s microphone. According to the manufacturer, "With ConnectLine microphone, you can participate and interact in some of life’s most important situations – on equal terms with everyone else.” This technology also comes with it's own app. This important feature is designed for, "iPhone®, iPad®, iPod touch® and Android™ smartphones and tablets. With just a few taps, you can set the perfect sound levels for e.g. your phone, music player or TV."

Dex: Dex is a streaming line developed by Widex that delivers high quality sound from television, phone, computers and other sound sources without delays or echoes directly into your hearing aids. These products have a long battery life and advanced features that allow a user to “turn off” distracting noises, these ALD’s have a lot to be cheerful about! According to the manufacturer, "DEX™ assistive listening devices from Widex let you take advantage of a whole new world of sounds. They make it easy for you to communicate between your hearing aids and audio equipment, remote controls, television, and mobile or landline phones."

Com Pilot Air II: Easy to use straight out of the box, Com Pilot Air II is a streaming device that uses Bluetooth technology to connect a sound source directly to your hearing aids. Com Pilot Air II delivers the sound from computers, televisions, or phones to both hearing aids simultaneously. And according the the manufacturer, "With the latest products, making and receiving phone calls at home or on the go, watching TV, listening to music, streaming movies on a laptop or a tablet, all become more comfortable."

If you'd like to learn more, see your hearing health provider. If you need help finding a hearing health provider click HERE to be connected with the largest network of trusted hearing health professionals in the nation!

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