Bluetooth hearing aid: What is a Bluetooth hearing aid and how does it work?

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What is a Bluetooth hearing aid and how does it work?

Question

My grandson says I should get a Bluetooth hearing aid. What exactly is this and how would I get one?

Our answer

Bluetooth is a communication standard that uses radio waves to transfer information from one device to another. Wireless hearing aids, which also use radio waves, can use Bluetooth to “pair” or link the hearing aid to other devices. A hearing aid that has Bluetooth connectivity can help you stay connected to phones, TVs, tablets and other devices.

When the hearing aid is “paired” or linked with one or more devices, audio from the device can go directly to your hearing aid, and you can also use your device to view the battery life of the hearing aid and control volume levels.

Below, we've listed direct links to a few hearing aid manufacturers that provide solutions designed to work with both Apple and Android smartphones and tablets.

If you are not already working with a hearing specialist, you may be interested in taking advantage of the free hearing tests offered by various hearing health organizations located throughout BC. Examples include Hearing Life, NexGen Hearing and Connect Hearing.
 

Some technologies and devices may require an in-person assessment. Speak with your health care provider for additional information and support.

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