There is an excellent chance that your hearing aid is equipped with Bluetooth technology, especially if you purchased it recently. While Bluetooth might be most familiar to you as the technology which enables hands-free calling on your cell phone, it has become a capability on numerous consumer devices over the past few years, including home phones, televisions, mp3 players and computers. If your hearing aid features Bluetooth, you can communicate with these devices in novel and convenient ways, providing increased enjoyment and a richer sound experience.

Most hearing aids use a small, easy to use external device to operate their Bluetooth capabilities. Generally these devices–often called controllers–are designed to be kept in a pocket or worn around the owner’s neck. When you wish to receive Bluetooth signals, the controller will receive the sounds and wirelessly transmit them to your hearing aid. This implies no more needing to raise the volume on your TV, telephone or other Bluetooth-compatible devices, because you can have the sound signals sent directly to your hearing aids. You’ll have the ability to hear your telephone conversations in both ears rather than just one, further improving your ability to hear.

Bluetooth controllers are made to be simple to operate. Most controllers detect Bluetooth signals at the push of a button. If you want to hear your television, simply push the TV button once to turn it on, and then press it again when you wish to stop listening. Depending upon the specific type of Bluetooth-enabled hearing aids you have, you may even be able to access other features as well.

Bluetooth enabled hearing aids can be particularly helpful for senior citizens with mobility issues. Recent models make it possible to connect to devices that are up to 30 feet away, which means that you can use the phone without needing to get up from a chair. This functionality could be potentially lifesaving during an emergency.

You can enjoy a clear listening experience with your Bluetooth-equipped hearing aid that you may not be able to have any other way. This easy to use technology solution can dramatically improve your hearing, allowing you to enjoy encounters that may have once been unrealistic.