Posted on Friday, October 26, 2012

Hearing Aid Reviews: Bluetooth Pros and Cons

Women with hand cupped to ear to hear the news that hearing aid technology is available now with Bluetooth.

Bluetooth technology is the most recent advance in hearing aids. It is a way to send digital information wirelessly over short distances. Bluetooth technology works to allow two hearing aids to wirelessly communicate with each other and also allows user to connect to devices in their home and car, like a DVD player, computer, GPS, and cell phone. There are pros and cons to having this type of technology in a hearing aid.


  • Signal Stability- Signals that drop are common among digital devices, but a Bluetooth device uses multiple channels to convey the sound and is therefore less likely to lose that signal due to interference with one of the channels.
  • Higher Sound Quality- Feedback and whistling and other problems associated with some hearing aids is diminished with the use of Bluetooth and the sound quality, in general, is improved as well.
  • Binaural Hearing- Bluetooth technology allows hearing aids to speak with each other, maintaining quality of speech and optimizing localization or the ability to discern the distance of sound relevant to your position. It also allows a user to hear their cell phone in not just one but both ears.
  • Hands Free- When you have Bluetooth, your cell phone rings in your hearing aids. With a switch of a button you can talk hands free with the sound being delivered binaurally to both hearing aids.
  • Multiple Devices- Bluetooth technology can accommodate up to eight devices, so that a person can be directly connected to their computer or cell or MP3 or DVD depending on which device they wish to hear.
  • Greater Flexibility- Bluetooth technology allows users greater flexibility when interacting with new technologies. Many of today's technologies are already Bluetooth enabled, making it relatively simple for users to enjoy today's every changing devices.
  • Wireless- Bluetooth eliminates the need for wires and lines of other connectivity devices and has applications for people with unilateral hearing loss who wear BiCROS hearing aids.

  • Decreased Battery Life- Bluetooth hearing aids generally require a larger battery and the battery life is diminished by the advanced features.
  • Extra Equipment- Bluetooth hearing aids don't simply connect with all of the devices in your home and car, it requires that you use a streamer and a transmitter.
  • Pairing Devices- Using Bluetooth technology requires a one time set up with each new device you add to your system. This pairing of technology is necessary so that the devices can communicate with each other, but only requires set up on the first use.

    Despite the initial problems with any new technology, large batteries that are quickly drained and added expense, Bluetooth will eventually lead to greater control and freedom for hard of hearing people. It allows people with hearing loss to enjoy the nuances of sound and the sophisticated features of today's every changing technology at home and in the workplace. 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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