Bluetooth Technology And Hearing Aids

Bluetooth Technology And Hearing Aids

For active individuals, technology is an essential part of their lives. Many modern technologies such as phones, music players, computers, television, hearing aids etc. may be connected through Bluetooth technology. The word Bluetooth actually comes from the 10th century Danish King Harald Blåtand or Harold Bluetooth in English. He united many warring faction in parts of what is now Norway, Sweden and Denmark. Just as he united these parties, Bluetooth technology was created to connect many different technologies wirelessly. Bluetooth technology works by using radio waves just like your car stereo and television sets. The difference is the distance that these waves transmit. With Bluetooth the radio waves are on the 2.4 GHz band and travel within 10 meters or about 30 feet. This is called your Personal Area Network or PAN. Many of us have seen individuals wearing Bluetooth headsets that allow them to talk on the phone hands free. With many states adopting laws that prohibit talking on your cell phone while driving without one of these devices, Bluetooth has quickly become part of our lives. For the hearing impaired individual who uses hearing aids to communicate, we can now connect these through the same Bluetooth technology. One such device is the iCom. The iCom is the interface which allows a patient wearing hearing aids to connect with their personal audio devices such as phones, televisions, computers, and FM systems. The iCom is able to transmit an audio signal to your hearing aids through “StereoSound” to both ears. It does this by Bluetooth, FM receiver, or audio cable. Incoming signals are received and the hearing aids will automatically switch to the individual iCom hearing programs. The large central button makes sure you can easily accept and reject a call or stop and start streaming audio. The iCom can now interface with the TVLink. These two devices will pair together through Bluetooth to allow the hearing aid user to hear the television at an appropriated volume for him (or her) while allowing others to keep the volume comfortable for the group. The unique StereoSound guarantees a perfect listening experience for the hearing aid user without being inhibited by wires. The iCom is only one example of a Bluetooth device that will connect your hearing aids to external audio devices. Each manufacture has a version for their hearing aids.