Why Would I Want Wireless Hearing Aids?
Date posted: November 3, 2016
If you’ve been doing your research on hearing aids, you’ve probably noticed companies advertising wireless hearing aids. In today’s world, you might think, I’ve got a wireless phone; of course I’d expect my hearing aids to come without wires.
To put it simply, wireless hearing aid technology allows your two hearing aids to talk to one another and work together for a more natural listening experience.
A set of wired hearing aids act as two independent devices, analyzing and transmitting sounds to only the ear they are in.
In contrast, wireless hearing aids process sounds and information together in nanoseconds. This helps give the wearer a listening experience that more closely mimics the way they would hear with their ears. When you hear binaurally you are able to locate the source of a sound quickly.
Hearing aids that have wireless capability can also offer more convenience. For instance, pressing a button to change the program on one hearing aid will automatically change the program on the other. There are also several feature options that would allow wireless hearing aids to communicate with external devices like your television, telephone or a microphone system. The most common technologies are Bluetooth, telecoil and FM receiver, each option works a little differently. It is a good idea to discuss your lifestyle with your hearing instrument specialist so they can help you narrow down exactly which features will benefit you.
Whether you need one hearing aid or two, a wireless hearing aid may be right for you with better localization, sound quality and connectivity.