Connect your hearing aid via Bluetooth

Bluetooth connection
Last update on Mar, 23, 2022

How does Bluetooth work for hearing aids?

Most hearing aids are designed to connect via Bluetooth to a smartphone. This way you can receive the audio coming from the mobile phone directly into the hearing aid in Wi-Fi, to listen to music or to converse on the phone more easily. The smartphone must be compatible with the hearing aid and must be equipped with Bluetooth technology.

Things to know about Bluetooth function

Bluetooth is a radio technology used for transmitting between devices over short distances by radio. Ericsson was the lead developer, with Nokia and Intel adding more parts. Today, Bluetooth forms the interface between a large number of different small devices and accessories. It replaces a cable connection between them.

The properties of Bluetooth technology:

  • 2.4GHz transmission frequency
  • WLAN, cordless phones and microwaves are potential sources of interference for Bluetooth.
  • If two Bluetooth devices are paired, this connection remains in the "memory" even if these devices move out of reception range. This happens until the connection is cleared (by resetting the device). In some cases, several connections like these may exist at the same time.
  • The range varies according to the performance of the transmitter and receiver unit. Bluetooth is divided into three different classes, for which different ranges can be obtained. Flow rate is usually measured in open air, where there are no sources of attenuation. The range is reduced by doors, walls and so on. In most applications (mobile phone, headphones, earphones), Bluetooth class 3 is used, as it requires the lowest power of around 1mW, which means a range of around 10m is possible outdoors. For devices with a power connection, obviously better classes can be used, as power is not very important.

What can Bluetooth hearing aids do?

Bluetooth hearing aids, like our Ampli-Connect line, can be connected wirelessly like other devices to all electronic devices equipped with Bluetooth, such as mobile phones, televisions, computers and any other audio playback devices. The sound reaches the ears directly through the hearing aids in a simple and direct way. You can receive phone calls, listen to TV audio or music from your computer.

Do I have a Bluetooth listening device?

You can ask the hearing care technician for information while purchasing the hearing aid on its Bluetooth compatibility. In general, the most recent devices are enabled with bluetooth technology through which you can connect to the different technological devices through settings or through the provider's app.

Battery life with Bluetooth use

Bluetooth hearing aids use Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology. Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) is a low energy bluetooth that is perfect for ensuring undetected power consumption with delay. The battery power of the hearing aid can drain more quickly when Bluetooth is enabled, but there are workarounds. The low energy hearing aids on the market offer a high level of performance and connectivity and can be easily recharged.

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Connecting hearing aids with Bluetooth

Bluetooth function is necessary to connect a hearing aid to the settings of the device that you want to associate as the smartphone, at this point you have to:

  • activate the bluetooh, which will search for connectable and connected devices
  • select the hearing aid in the device list
  • wait for the two devices to be connected to use and manage your device

First step

Once you make sure that your hearing aid has the bluetooth function it is necessary to consult the reference manual and follow its recommendations.

Either way, hearing care professionals will be happy to help clients connect their hearing aids.

Switch on the Bluetooth function

To activate the hearing aid, it must be restarted and placed near the device you intend to connect. Then wait a few minutes waiting for the association to be confirmed.

Set up Bluetooth connection

To connect your hearing aid you need to activate the bluetooh of devices such as TV, PC, etc. that you intend to link.

Hearing aid and Bluetooth application

In case you want to connect your hearing aid to an Apple device, you need to access the settings, find the Bluetooh section and connect your hearing aids if it is possible. For Apple devices there is no need for an app. For Android, however, an app is required.

Switch off Bluetooth function

The bluetooth function can be deactivated directly from the settings, breaking the connection between the two devices.

Which devices can be connected with hearing aids through Bluetooth?

With Bluetooth it is possible to connect different devices such as smartphone, television, computer and any other audio playback device.

Connecting the hearing aid to the mobile phone

Thanks to bluetooth technology it is possible to connect the hearing aid to different mobile devices. In this case the user must ensure that his/her smartphone is compatible with the hearing aid. There are currently different types of brands that sell hearing aids for which you need to check if they are compatible with your smartphone.

Connecting the hearing aid to the TV

With bluetooth technology, you can connect your hearing aid to your TV and make sure it is compatible.

Connecting the hearing aid to the PC

The user with bluetooth technology will also be able to connect his / her computer, after making sure that it is compatible with the hearing aid.

Connecting the hearing aid to the stereo system

The user with bluetooth technology can also connect audio devices, stereo, for music playback. Again, the user must ensure that the device is compatible with the hearing aid.
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