You’re upgrading to the latest iPhone, you’re getting the newest flat screen TV with the best resolution and wifi-capability for better Netflix-viewing, and you’re sure to get that latest Starbucks planner. But do your hearing aids need to get that Bluetooth feature upgrade? Before you decide on whether you should get it or not, let’s talk about what it can do for you.
In the world of innovation, it’s great to know that tech giants like Apple haven’t left the deaf community behind. Hearing aids compatible with any device running on the iOs are now out on the market. This means you can take calls, listen to music, and listen to videos straight through your hearing aids. You won’t even have to argue with your partner about the volume. A separate remote will adjust the volume on your hearing aids to your preference.
Whether it’s your phone, tablet or laptop, your hearing aids will allow you to always be ready for work or relaxation so you can choose to be on-the-go whenever you have to be. Talk about convenience.
This new connectivity sounds great, fancy, and just what you’d need in this mobile-ready, tech-driven, fast-paced lifestyle that day-to-day living requires today. The question is, are there any drawbacks? Well, there are quite a few. As convenient as it sounds on paper, it actually needs a streamer which looks like a remote for it to work. You can choose to wear it around the neck or in the pocket to keep it nearby, but unless they come up with fashionably agreeable designs, the former isn’t considered an option for the majority.
Just as with your phone or other devices, bluetooth also drains the batteries of hearing aids. Unlike other technologies which are rechargeable, hearing aid batteries cannot and are expensive. Not only would it be inconvenient but costly for the consumer as well.
Bluetooth-enabled hearing aids give you the best audio-quality in terms of listening to music, watching videos on your different devices, or taking calls. If your work requires you to spend most of your time listening to audio, or you are picky with the audio quality when it comes to listening to your favorite band, or you hate your phone’s call quality and don’t mind the extra cost, you might consider these as an investment.
If you’re not any of the above-mentioned, you’re probably not the ideal type of consumer for this technology as you wouldn’t see the value in them or would find them too much of a hassle and expensive. Don’t be too bummed, though. With the rate of innovation these days, it might not be long before we find good quality Bluetooth-enabled hearing aids with pretty diminished pros out on the market. Hearing aids last a long time, don’t they? Maybe they’d hit the shelves just in time for you to replace the ones you have now.