Best Bluetooth Compatible Hearing Aids
If you’re a regular user of a cell phone, home phone, tablet, MP3 player, or any other audio device, you may be interested in purchasing hearing aids that are Bluetooth compatible. What is a Bluetooth compatible hearing aid? It’s a hearing aid that (via a streaming/pairing device), can stream audio from Bluetooth enabled devices.
How do Bluetooth compatible hearing aids work? It’s simple really. If streaming audio is your goal, when you purchase hearing aids, you’ll purchase a pairing/streaming accessory as well, which will act as the link between your hearing aids and various Bluetooth enabled devices. This streaming accessory is usually a few hundred dollars; an expense that is well worth it for the added functionality. Your Bluetooth devices will pair with the pairing/streaming device, which will then stream the audio to your hearing aids via NFMI.
Luckily, there are a lot of really good options when it comes to Bluetooth compatible hearing aids. Below I’ll outline a few of the latest and most popular hearing aids which play nice with Bluetooth.
Phonak Audeo V90
You can’t talk about Bluetooth compatible hearing aids and leave Phonak out of the conversation. Phonak has the widest selection of accessories which means it’s easy to find one that fits your needs well. One of the most popular accessories which is definitely worth a look, is the ComPilot Air, which not only streams music and phone calls beautifully, but adds a lot of new functionality to the hearing aid, such as remote control via smartphone app.
Widex Unique 440
Widex makes great hearing aids, and I’ve always been impressed with the functionality of their accessories. Widex has just released a new accessory called the COM-DEX which is a very light, low profile streamer and remote control. The COM-DEX is worn around the neck, and allows you to stream phone calls, music, and more. You can receive calls with the push of a button, and discreetly adjust the volume and program settings with the COM-DEX smartphone app.
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