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Wireless Audio & Phone System for Bluetooth Hearing Aid Wearers

Streamer Device

Oticon ConnectLine system Streamer

Have a problem hearing your favorite TV show? As a follow-up on the wildly popular Bluetooth Hearing Aids post, thought the readers would like to know about a new product for bluetooth hearing aid lovers. Oticon has launched a new high-tech wireless device that helps hearing aid users sync up to their favorite technology. It’s called the Oticon ConnectLine system. Bluetooth technology has already been known for successfully syncing up to cell phones, music players, and PCs. However, the Oticon ConnectLine system now offers a solution for those who wish to stream audio from their TV and landline phones directly to their hearing aids.

Oticon ConnectLine Phone Adaptor

There are two components offered in the system: the ConnectLine Phone Adaptor and the ConnectLine TV Adaptor. Connecting these systems is a small device that the hearing aid wearer wears called the Streamer. The small device syncs with either Adaptor. For example, once the TV Adaptor connects to the audio output of a TV, the user can do a one-time pairing that allows the devices to connect. This in turn allows the user to hear anywhere within a 30-foot range, similar to how the iCom device works with a cellphone. Same method works for the Phone Adaptor.

Oticon ConnectLine TV Adaptor

The ConnectLine System currently only works with the following hearing aids: Oticon Dual, Epoq and Vigo Connect. For more information about the new wireless options from Oticon, visit OticonUSA.

I personally haven’t tried the system, but if you have, how is the sound quality? I’m curious if the streaming audio truly is high-quality without interruptions.

Bluetooth Hearing Aids | Phone & Music

Evolution of the Hearing Aid

Evolution of the Hearing Aid

My entire life I’ve had hearing aids and I’m only 22. So, no, hearing aids are not just for the elderly. When I was younger, I believed my hearing aids were something to be ashamed of, but I have eventually grown to embrace them as a lifeline and as a part of who I am. I am not the girl with the hearing aids. I am the hard-working, talented woman who happens to wear hearing aids. It’s important that people realize that individuals with a disability are not stupid, incapable, or dumb. Unfortunately, I’ve encountered people who treat me as though I am.

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iCom

I recently purchased new hearing aids (For the record, hearing aids are not covered by insurance and I am seriously considering lobbying against this in Washington, D.C.), which came with an optional add-on device called an iCom. This iCom is what you see in the picture above. It is a device that you wear around your neck that allows you to program multiple bluetooth-equipped phones. Thinking this was too good to be true, I tested it on the iPhone. Sure enough, I was able to send and receive calls hands-free without the phone (after dialing the number, of course), as long as I was inside a 30-foot radius.

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Video iPod

Feeling empowered, I moved on to test the music adapater. The adapter connects to any music device with a headphone jack, such as an iPod. The hearing aids make a signaling sound to let me know that a device is connected wirelessly. I can control whether or not the music plays either through the device itself, or through my iCom with the simple press of the square button. In addition, the hearing aids work with FM radio, although, I have to admit I haven’t tried it yet. All in all, a pretty cool breakthrough for hearing aid technology.

Technology is taking a step in the right direction. If people without hearing loss are already hooking up their phones to a bluetooth device, doesn’t it make sense to build a hearing aid with the same bluetooth technology? It happened and I can’t wait to see what will roll out next. My hope is that the iPhone will be bluetooth-compatible with the music (apparently it’s not, right now). Does anyone know of a bluetooth-equipped phone that will play music?

Interested in finding out more about these hearing aids for yourself, a friend, or a loved one? Check out Phonak’s Exelia website. You can also read more about hearing loss at KidsHealth.org or TeensHealth.org (in English or Espanol).



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