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Bluetooth Hearing Aids: Everything You Need to Know

By Manjari Bansal
Medically Reviewed by Jordan Glicksman, MD, FRCSC, MPH on April 26, 2021
Bluetooth hearing aids may make your life more comfortable. Learn from experts about how they work and if they are safe.

Hearing aid manufacturers are continuously working to improve the technology in hearing aids so that they can provide a better experience for people with hearing loss, according to Advanced Audiology and Hearing Care. One example of this is Bluetooth (BT) enabled hearing aids, which allow you to connect your hearing aid to various devices via wireless streaming. Keep reading to learn how Bluetooth hearing aids work and if they are safe.

How does bluetooth work with hearing aids?

Bluetooth technology works like wireless internet or Wi-Fi: The sound is transferred from one device to another through an invisible electronic signal, according to Advanced Audiology and Hearing Care.

Sandra Porps, AuD, director of audiology at MDHearingAid in Michigan, tells WebMD Connect to Care that some hearing aids with Bluetooth can stream music and phone calls directly to your hearing aids, while others allow your smartphone to function as a remote control for your hearing aids. Some Bluetooth hearing aids allow you to do both of these things.

Are bluetooth hearing aids safe?

According to Advanced Audiology and Hearing Care, wireless connectivity enables hearing aid users to better utilize various technologies in their daily lives. Listening to music, making phone calls, using a computer or tablet, and even watching your favorite shows on TV may become a more enjoyable experience. BT gives you the flexibility to custom control the volume of various devices which can be managed through your hearing aid or an app.

“Bluetooth technology has really transformed the wireless audio experience for people with hearing loss. The BT model enables hearing aids to double as highly-personalized, custom audio devices, by receiving audio signals from other BT devices that have been paired to the hearing aids,” Soiles says.

“As a result, BT-enabled hearing aids provide an excellent sound quality appropriate to the hearing loss and cut down on feedback or other external noises. The BT hearing aids essentially become wireless earphones,” adds Soiles.   

Hearing loss can be managed and treated.

The earlier you address the symptoms of hearing loss, the more likely you are to avoid irreversible damage. Get the answers you need to start treatment today.