What sucks about Bluetooth Hearing Aids?

A while ago I wrote an ode to Bluetooth hearing aids and described how they changed my life. While that is totally true, it is not the whole truth. Not everything is super cool about Bluetooth hearing aids. In this article I’ll list the annoying quircks that you might encounter when when you buy Bluetooth hearing aids. While I still think they are an awesome piece of technology, I want you to have the full picture.

Note: I assume that most of these problems are not necessarily problems of the implementation in the hearing aids itself. A lot things things that are annoying are due to Bluetooth itself, how it is implemented in the sending device (the phone, the laptop) and how other devices in the room might interfere with the hearing aids. Hence I am not necessarily blaming the hearing aid manufacturers here, but if there is something they can do about these things, I would be grateful for an update.

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This blog’s little sister

Today I’d like to present to you my newest project. It is kind of like this blog, but more like its little sister: https://www.doofe-ohren.de

It is a blog, where I write about hearing, hearing loss and hearing aids. This time it is in German (sorry!) and it is for the beginners. It starts a bit more at the beginning and basically covers everything that I would have liked to have known before I bought my first hearing aids. I hope with this I can encourage people with hearing loss to learn about hearing aids and the technology in and around those.

If you have someone in your environment for which this sounds like an interesting site to visit, do me the favor and spread the word. Thank you!

Interested in News?

My readers, I have something for you. I set up a newsletter for this website. I will use it mainly to inform you whenever I published a new article. Besides, I’ll add some bits and pieces of interesting news about the world of hearing aids once in a while. If this sounds like something you would like, make sure to sign up! Love to keep contact with you this way.

How Bluetooth Hearing Aids changed my life

While this might be unusal for my American-English speaking audience, I am the type of person who uses phrases like “changed my life” only for things that literally changed my life. Life-changing events happen usually not that frequent, but today I want to talk about one of them. Late 2019 I got my new hearing aids, the Phonak Audeo Marvels. Those have built-in Bluetooth technology and that really changed my life.

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Why rechargeable Hearing Aids aren’t there yet

When I tested hearing aids for my latest purchase late last year (2019), I was specifically curious about hearing aids with rechargeable batteries. Nowadays several manufacturers offer those. I wanted to do my part for the environment, and hence not having to buy new batteries all the time was on my wish list. However, it turns out that the offering of hearing aids with rechargeable batteries on the market does not do it for me yet. Sadly, it seems I have to wait till the next cycle. See my report.

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Music Not Impossible

I recently stumbled upon this video about an awesome project: a tactile harness with various vibrating parts designed to experience music “physically”. Watch the video of the story here:

Although designed with the Deaf and hard of hearing in mind, I find this a really awesome idea for anyone. I think anyone who loves music might be interested into experience it on an even more intensive level. I would be very curious to try this out 🙂

My take on Hearables

Recently I was interviewed by Peggy Sylopp, head of the research project “Hear how you like to hear“. The project is about people’s view and need of hearables and Peggy gave me the opportunity to express my opinion here. I enjoyed the conversation very much, I hope you do too. Here’s the video (in German):

This was published as part of an article in the “Make” magazine and on heise.de:

https://www.heise.de/amp/hintergrund/liketohear-Ein-Raspi-Prototyp-fuer-individuelle-Hoergeraete-4687101.html?__twitter_impression=true&fbclid=IwAR0pFYtKZGo6WOHOsqw7W54iujLWFlZ253_x39ysncq_sD3ijGcl8wM6sBI