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​Hearing Aid Tech Update: Wirelessly Connecting Your Hearing Aid To Your Smart Phone

The advances in hearing aid technology are amazing. Before you were lucky if you could find a device that didn’t pick up interference, or properly canceled out background noise. Now we have devices that completely change the way patients are able to hear and how clearly.

One way that hearing aids have changes is the use of Bluetooth to wirelessly connect to handsets. You can turn on wireless capabilities and make it so your phone transmits sound directly to the hearing aid, rather than filtering through other sounds to be heard.

What Are The Benefits of a Wireless Connection to My Smartphone?

The obvious benefit is that you are able to hear calls much more clearly. You won’t have to rely on audio or volume enhancements, or worry about being unable to hear the other caller. Even in public, the calls will be much easier to hear.

Then there is media. Many people watch videos, listen to music, check out podcasts and play games on their phone. When you are connected to your hearing aid, you can hear all of the different media types right into your ear.

How Do I Connect My Device to an iPhone?

Apple has specially developed hearing aids called Made for iPhone that is proprietary. It works for smartphones made after the iPhone 4S, so all modern models. It also works for iPads and iPods (5th gen and later).

Don’t have an Apple set? Not to worry, there is a list of many other devices that are compatible.

To pair:

  • Open battery compartment and keep open.
  • Turn on Bluetooth from your device’s home screen pulldown menu, or in Settings > Devices.
  • Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Hearing > MFi Hearing Aids.
  • Close battery compartment.
  • Let the iOS search for your hearing aid and then select and confirm the device.

How Do I Connect My Device to an Android?

Because Android is a system that is on many different phones from multiple manufacturers, there is no single way to connect your hearing aid. Make sure it offers Bluetooth or wireless connection at the time of purchase, then use the manual instructions provided by the manufacturer.

If you don’t have the manual, the manufacturer’s website should have instructions. Or you can contact customer service for more help. Looking through the settings might lead you to accessibility options that you can follow yourself.

To find out more visit Hearing Doctors.

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