Bluetooth technology was first brought into selective hearing aid models back in 2014. Despite being around for some time, only since 2017 has Bluetooth been widely available from various manufacturers with the ability to connect to both iPhone and Android devices. The great thing about having Bluetooth technology in your hearing aids is that it eliminates the need for intermediary devices such as neck loops and other connective devices that used to be required when you wanted to customize your listening experience right away or tap into an audio device such as your smart phone for phone calls and music listening. With Bluetooth, you can connect directly to your phone for calls, music, and other listening opportunities as well as connect to an app for customized sound in your hearing aids.
Perhaps one of the most ground-breaking additions to hearing aids, Bluetooth compatibility has opened up a new world of access to hearing aid users. Modern hearing aids are now able to connect wirelessly to other devices, such as smartphones and tablets, which simultaneously allows for heightened user-accessibility and even better access to sound.
With Bluetooth, modern hearing aids allow wearers to control their listening experience, making adjustments discreetly through a smartphone app. Some apps even offer a nifty GPS function, in which your preferences are saved by location. When you return to a saved location, your hearing aids will automatically adjust to your saved preferences.
In the past, hearing aid wearers might have to remove their devices to put on headphones or earbuds to listen to music or audio. With the advent of Bluetooth, phone calls, music, and audio from videos can now be streamed directly to hearing aids, providing a seamless experience.
Phonak Audéo™ Marvel
The Phonak Audeo Marvel hearing aid was released in October of 2018 by the Swiss based hearing aid manufacturer, Phonak. The Marvel is currently the only hearing aid on the market that enables wireless streaming to both hearing aids at once from any Bluetooth-enabled device.Learn more