Hearing aid wearers often complain about the hassle of changing settings to watch TV, swap settings to talk on a landline or flip a switch to take a call on the cell. Connectivity to wireless devices has, for many, been a goal. Not a reality.
Today's leading edge hearing aids are geared up for wireless, using industry-standard Bluetooth technology to hook hearing aid owners back to the digital grid where all the action is.
Bluetooth or Wireless?
Just about any electronic gizmo is equipped with wireless technology. Your gigantic, HD TV with surround sound? That's available with built in Bluetooth or you can add a discrete wireless transmitter to your existing TV.
A wireless signal is sent out from the transmitter that's picked up by the wireless circuitry built in to better hearing aids. Your hearing aids become wireless receivers, delivering the sound signal from the TV directly to your hearing aids and your ears.
Benefits? Well, how about you hear what's going on in that blockbuster you just ordered from the digital on demand library? That's always nice. And how about setting volume levels so you hear without sending other viewers screaming from the room to get away from the max volume you need to hear. Because the volume is lower on the TV and your hearing aids are doing the amp up, everybody hears at a comfortable sound level. Now there's a real benefit.
There are lots of wireless devices in our lives: cell phones, smart phones, PDAs, MP3 players, radios, landline handsets and more. And some or all of these have been a challenge for hearing aid wearers in the past but now, with Bluetooth-enabled hearing aids, connectivity is easy, seamless and downright enjoyable.
Time to get plugged in, again.
|The Oticon ConnectLine connects you to what matters most via Bluetooth and works with TVs, Telephones & Mobile Phones|
Oticon ConnectLine - A Bluetooth Device
Hearing aid designer and manufacturer, Oticon, has moved quickly into the wireless realm with the introduction of the company's ConnectLine products that transmit sound from audio devices via a Bluetooth wireless device directly to your hearing aids.
Technology marches on!
Oticon's ConnectLine TV is a low profile adapter that plugs into the audio output of your TV. The adapter generates a Bluetooth signal that's picked up by your Oticon hearing aids and you're instantly connected and in control. You set volume levels on your hearing aids that now act as wireless receivers picking up the sound from the TV – wirelessly.
You have greater control and seamless connectivity with your friend, the TV.
This small adapter hooks into your landline and generates a wireless signal picked up by your Bluetooth-equipped hearing aids. Again, the hearing aids become wireless receivers, allowing you to talk for hours without annoying feedback.
You also hear the speaker through both of your ears with both hearing aids working for you. That is right, stereo hearing for the telephone.
Mobile technology is changing the way we communicate, access information, learn, drive, eat – you name it and mobile technology, or mobi for short, keeps us plugged in no matter where we are.
The problem was, hearing aid wearers were sometimes excluded from this technology. A hearing aid and a cell phone both create electro-magnetic fields and when these two fields cross, the result is nerve shattering feedback and a less than satisfactory mobi experience.
Oticon's ConnectLine Mobile turns hearing aids into cell phone receivers. The benefits:
- clean, clear sound
- hands free hearing
- stereo hearing for better understanding
- discrete operation
- seamless connectivity
Bluetooth wireless technology is found in homes, offices, cars, on the street, through the ear buds and with the click of a wireless mouse. We live in a more connected world through wireless.
Companies like Oticon are moving into the digital, wireless age with mini-computers for the ears. Stop by your hearing professional's office to get plugged in again.
It's a wireless world. You should enjoy it!