New to the forum and I thought that I would try to contribute something that I found interesting.
Well, I lost my previous set of hearing aids a couple of years back and even at that time I was wanting some compatability with the Bluetooth phones. I have watched the different systems come out that use the small remote boxes to connect using FM signals to the hearing aids and thought what a waste of design.
When you look at the current level of Bluetooth earpieces, they are relatively small considering that they ALSO have the same basic sound processing and controls that hearing aids use. They also incorporate built in microphones and anti-feedback circuitry to prevent them from overpowering themselves when you are speaking. Some basic noise suppression and controls are built in and the better ones deliver reasonable music sounds also. So why hasn’t one of the various hearing aid manufacturers come up with a BTE that INCLUDES the circuitry that is used in the common $29.95-$100 Bluetooth earpiece? Something that would DIRECTLY connect to your hearing aids? NO Dongle hanging around your neck, no extra batteries for that accessory! It just hasn’t happened and I am tired of waiting.
So I was doing some research last week and happened on a website that made custom ear molds. NOT for hearing aids, but for sound control like in ear plugs AND for mounting Bluetooth Cellphone earpieces. I looked through their website and then emailed them with the important questions.
First, did they have ear molds that would work with my nice Jawbone Icon bluetooth earpiece? Answer was YES!
Second, their site showed that they often offered their earpieces with air vents so could they instead of setting up an air vent add a tubing path for a hearing aid tube connection? Answer was again YES! Said that they also made custom hearing aid earpieces and their “tech” said that he felt they could fit the aid tube along with the snap in mount for the Jawbone Icon. I mentioned that my ear was fairly large and they said that would also help in the fitting. So, I am once again in the market for some hearing aids AND I should have a nice Bluetooth connection directly to my ear at all times.
Third thing that I find interesting is the situation that these hearing aid companies are still mostly using replacement batteries. But I will bring that up in another post.
Thanks for listening, comments appreciated!