Wireless Hearing Aid Technology – Misconceptions & Facts:

July 13, 2011 in Technology
Interview with Jenny Groth, M.A., Director of Audiology Communication, ReSound

From Audiology Online, July 11, 2011

CAROLYN SMAKA: Hi Jenny, thanks for your time today. What do you do for ReSound?

 

JENNY GROTH: I’m an audiologist and I’ve been with the company for 15 years in various capacities, mostly in our clinical research department. We have two clinical research sites: one in Denmark and one in Glenview, Illinois. I head up the Glenview site.

 

SMAKA: Great. Thanks for talking to me about wireless hearing aid technology.

 

One misconception I hear both from professionals and consumers lies around Bluetooth. “Which hearing aids are Bluetooth?” is a common question.

 

Where do you think the confusion comes from?

 

GROTH: I think part of the confusion may be due to consumer marketing, which doesn’t always make a very clear distinction between the hearing aid wireless technology and Bluetooth. You’ll see hearing aid marketing that says “Bluetooth compatible”, or even “Bluetooth hearing aids”.  Since the wireless hearing aid products available can interface with Bluetooth in some way or another, it’s not quite accurate but it’s not wholly inaccurate either.

 

There are no hearing aids today that directly implement Bluetooth. So, every hearing aid that claims to be able to utilize Bluetooth has some sort of intermediate device that interprets the Bluetooth signal and then changes the information into a wireless technology that the hearing aid can accept and transmit.

 

SMAKA: Why is Bluetooth not implemented directly in hearing aids?

 

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