Bluetooth for the hearing impaired
For those that are hearing impaired and have to wear a BTE to assist with their profound hearing loss, I have wonderful news!!!
I have severe profound hearing loss in both ears, which I was born with and have used BTE all my life from analog to now digital. I am loving the fact that Cell phones have come a long way to be hearing aid compatible but the next hurdle that came to play that we must now overcome is the new "don't talk on your cell while driving" law.
Well, with the bluetooth technology, it was of course virtually impossible to meet the need for those that has the BTE with ear molds. There are even options to acquire a small device that can be attached to the BTE but problem with that was that they were not universal for ALL BTEs'. So, how do we overcome this if we cannot use the ear piece for bluetooth??
Not only that, I even had a concern about whether if I did find anything, if it was going to give me the same power that I required based on my hearing loss.
Well, today, that answer became very simple after doing quite a bit of research. Some of the manufacturers of these BTE's also include a bluetooth wireless technology within the same aid with no additional attachments whatsoever and it is a matter of carrying a small remote control. THAT'S IT!! What are the odds of me knowing that the exact same style of my current hearing aid can also be bluetooth to accept my calls will no major modifications??!!
One problem with this whole picture is that IF YOU DO NOT ASK YOUR AUDIOLOGIST, YOU WILL NEVER KNOW ABOUT THE OPTIONS THAT ARE REALLY AVAILABLE!
Now, words of advice, only inquire if you can afford it because they can run anywhere from 1800 being a sales price to 3000 dollars because as we all know, they ARE NOT covered under any insurance like they were 20 years ago.
TIP: Those that wear REXTON BTE aid, this is available in bluetooth so get it while you can. Mine is being ordered as we speak but wish I knew this before I got my new set of aids a few months ago. Well, that was because I did not think or know to ask my doc. I am extremely excited that I can wear the same style with the same power and include the technology that I have so longed for these last few years.
I hope my comment has given those good insights. Love to hear your story!
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