For those who have purchased a new hearing aid in the past few years, there is a chance that it has Bluetooth functionality. While Bluetooth was originally created for use with cell phones, its applications have evolved to include computers, home phones and TVs. When your hearing aid is equipped with Bluetooth, you can connect with these devices in new and convenient ways, providing increased enjoyment and a richer experience.

A hearing aid’s Bluetooth capabilities are typically accessed by a separate device that’s both small and easy to use. Generally these devices–often called controllers–are meant to be carried in a pocket or worn around the user’s neck. When you want to obtain Bluetooth signals, the controller will receive the sounds and wirelessly transmit them to your hearing aid. That implies no more needing to raise the volume on your TV, cellphone or other Bluetooth-compatible devices, because you can have the sound sent directly to your hearing aids. You’ll be able to hear your phone conversations in both ears rather than just one, further improving your ability to hear.

Controllers for Bluetooth-enabled hearing aids are meant to be simple to use. If you wish to connect your hearing aids to a specific Bluetooth device (a TV, for example), it’s usually as easy as pressing a button. If you want to hear your TV, simply press the television control button once to turn it on, and then push it again when you wish to stop listening. Several manufacturers incorporate other features in these controllers, letting you access many other features through this one device.

The additional safety and comfort that come with Bluetooth-enabled hearing aids can be particularly significant for older people with limited mobility. Some of the newest designs allow the wearer to make phone calls up to 30 feet away from the phone, allowing for easy communication without needing to move to the phone. This ease of access may be lifesaving in the event of an emergency.

Bluetooth-enabled hearing aid offer you a high-quality listening experience which is difficult or impossible to replicate using any other technology. This mix of clear sound and simple-to-use makes Bluetooth a great way to improve your hearing and enjoy experiences that may have seemed unrealistic.