Hearing Aid FAQ's
Frequently Asked Questions
1 Are hearing aids Bluetooth compatible?
Yes, many of today's hearing aids feature advanced Bluetooth technology. You can stream sound from your T.V., smartphone, laptop, or any other Bluetooth compatible device directly to your hearing aids. This creates a seamless listening experience without the interference of background noise or having to use an intermediary device.
2Can I control my hearing aids through a smartphone app?
Yes! Hearing aids with Bluetooth compatibility are able to connect straight to your smartphone. This allows you to control your hearing aids through specific apps. With this control you can stream phone calls, music, videos, and navigation directly to your hearing aids, as well as control the volume level, check battery status, and more!
3Can I listen to phone calls and music from my hearing aids?
With Bluetooth compatible hearing aids you can stream phone calls from loved ones and listen to your favorite music directly from your hearing aids without the assistance of another device.
4How do I connect my hearing aid to my iPhone?
If you have Bluetooth compatible hearing aids, you can connect to your devices with a few simple steps. Here are some general set-up instructions for pairing your iPhone with your hearing aids.
- First make sure your Bluetooth is turned on by going into “Settings” then to “Bluetooth” on your iPhone.
- Make sure your hearing aids are powered on so your iPhone can detect them.
- Go to “Settings” then “General” and then “Accessibility.”
- Once you’re in “Accessibility” scroll down and select the “MFI Hearing Devices” option.
- Select the name and model of your hearing aid when it appears. There will be a checkmark next to it once it’s connected.
- Select “Pair” to complete the connection. Note: if you are connecting two hearing aids you will receive two pairing requests.
- You’re all set! Enjoy music, phone calls, and more!
5Are hearing aids difficult to maintain?
When you get used to making hearing aids a part of your routine, they can be quite easy to care for. Moisture and earwax buildup are the two biggest reasons for repairs on hearing aids, so cleaning them regularly is important. The best (and the easiest) way to do this is by purchasing a cleaning and drying kit. Putting your devices into the kit at night will remove moisture while also killing germs and bacteria. You can also use a clean, gentle cloth to wipe excess dust and earwax off. The most difficult part of maintaining your hearing aids is not losing them! They can be quite small and easy to misplace, so make sure that whenever you take them out of your ear, you're returning them to their case.
6What are some common challenges when adjusting to hearing aids?
When you have untreated hearing loss, your brain gets accustomed to its current hearing ability. It forgets what it's like to hear at a normal volume. For this reason, sounds can seem startlingly loud or unnatural when you first start using hearing aids. However, this doesn't last long. The more you use your new devices, the more quickly your brain can readjust and define a "new" normal.
7 Do hearing aids set off metal detectors?
Since the majority of the parts in hearing aids are plastic, they shouldn’t set off any metal detectors. If you’re at an airport and they ask you to remove your devices so that they can be x-rayed, you can tell the TSA official that you’d prefer to have a manual, physical inspection of the devices. Visit www.tsa.gov for more information.
8What is an ear impression?
An ear impression is a silicone-based mold made from the exact shape of your ear or ear canal. It's needed in order to create in-the-ear, in-the-canal, or completely-in-the-canal hearing aids, as well as custom-fit earplugs, musician's earplugs, or swimmer's plugs. The process for making an ear mold is easy and painless. Your hearing health professional will place a soft, doughy material into your ear and let it sit for a few minutes and mold into shape. Once it has hardened, they will remove the material and have a completely accurate model of your ear to send to the hearing aid manufacturer.