What are Bluetooth hearing aids?




Digital hearing aids with Bluetooth connectivity for streaming.

Bulky analog hearing devices are a thing of the past. The latest hearing aids are discreet, smart, wireless and come with great Bluetooth capabilities. They enable you to connect with your compatible Apple® or AndroidTM devices and other wireless accessories. Discover what’s new in Bluetooth hearing aids and why a Bluetooth digital hearing aid could be right for you.

What is Bluetooth?
Bluetooth is a type of technology based on radio waves that is used all over the world. It enables two or more devices to connect wirelessly (invisibly, without cables). They generally have a range of around 30 feet. For instance, this could be your iPhone® ‘talking’ to your iPad, which then ‘talks’ to your Apple TV. ‘Talking’ in these examples could be sharing audio, videos or other types of media and data. This is called streaming. You could also use a Bluetooth connection to send an address from the contacts in your smartphone to the GPS in your car.


There are Bluetooth-enabled smartphones, TVs, computers, tablets and music systems. You probably have all or many of these devices in your home. Well, Bluetooth comes in hearing aids too. Having a Bluetooth hearing aid might help you connect with your friends, family, colleagues, and the world in greater ways.

How Bluetooth hearing aids work
Bluetooth hearing aids do exactly what the name suggests, they connect to Bluetooth wireless technology. Using the Bluetooth frequency, you can stream calls and audio from your smartphone to your Bluetooth hearing aids. You could also stream music from your iPad® or iPod® touch to your hearing aids.
There are Bluetooth hearing aids for iPhones and other compatible Apple devices that are called Made for iPhone, iPad or iPod touch (MFi) hearing aids. They use Bluetooth wireless connectivity to link directly to iPhones and other devices on the iOS platform, such as iPad and iPod touch.
There are also Bluetooth hearing aids for Android. The hearing aids connect to the Bluetooth frequency to pair up with Android devices, either directly or via a wireless streamer.
Streamers are smart and discreet accessories. They provide the communication link between the wireless technology in the hearing aids and the Bluetooth-enabled devices, which can be multiple devices at once, including your TV.
With Bluetooth-connected hearing aids you can stream sound from virtually any audio source for a customized and convenient listening experience.



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