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​Hearing Aids That Can Wirelessly Connect To Your TV’s Audio

Anyone who has a hearing aid has gotten used to watching television with the closed captioning feature on. But while that provides the necessary context to watch and enjoy a program, it isn’t the same as being able to hear all the sounds and dialogue properly. No matter how detailed the captions, you miss some things.

Now you are able to actually connect your hearing aids to your television directly. It is done through a wireless connection via Bluetooth. You will be able to hear everything with much greater clarity as it transmits directly into your ear. Volume can be controlled via the same remote as usual, so you are always in control.

Are All Hearing Aids Connectable to Television Sets?

No, older models don’t have this capability. You want to find a hearing aid device that specifies that it is Bluetooth compatible. You also need a television set that accepts wireless connections. Smart TV’s are easy to find these days, from manufacturers such as Samsung, Panasonic, LG and Sony.

These televisions have other benefits, such as the ability to connect to the internet through your television screen and downloadable apps that can be enjoyed through your hearing aids.

Other devices are also connectable via Bluetooth. These include smartphones, tablets and media players such as later generation iPods (5th generation and beyond).

How Much Do These Hearing Aids and Smart TV’s Cost?

You may be concerned about the price of these devices. The truth is that both are costly. A Bluetooth hearing aid can cost anywhere from $1000 to $5000 per device, with only some insurance plans helping to offset the cost and most coming out of pocket.

As for smart TV’s, there is no insurance plan that will help with that price tag. But the good news is that the price hike for such televisions has been ending for some time. The average smart TV costs about $100 – $300 more than the standard set without Bluetooth and many manufacturers are beginning to add in the feature regardless of other smart functions.

Ultimately, you should consider both Bluetooth hearing aids and compatible devices as investments that are meant to help improve your quality of life on a day to day basis. For many patients, it is worth the cost for the benefits of these hearing aids, even should they decide not to buy a television to go with it.

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