Universal Bluetooth streamer


#9

What have you tried? If trying to use a standard bt with a made for iphone HA then no that won’t work. There’s the Phonak Direct that maybe you’ve tried. Then there are several PSAP/OTC devices that can do standard bt.
What we have so far though is mono. No stereo yet.


#10

I am told no audio streaming to Direct B, except for caller voice audio, mono.


#11

I’ve tried the MPOW 4.1 BT with my streamer. I do not have the direct to iPhone generation.


#12

Right. That’s what I understand so far too. I’m just not sure anyone has actually tested it.


#13

Unless there’s a hack, it’s not possible. I’ve been told by multiple sources.


#14

@skyemac11: Indeed. Pretty much all of the main HA’s offer an intermediate device.

@abram_bailey_aud: Sure. That’s what I understand too. But that’s pronouncing from authority. Has anyone ACTUALLY tested it to see what, if anything, happens? That’s what I’d like to read about.


#15

Phonak told me it wasn’t possible, so unless you’re saying they’re wrong?


#16

Well that’s pretty good authority :slight_smile: . I’m not saying anyone is wrong. It’s a curiosity to know what happens if one were to try to pair the Directs to a standard bt transmitter. Just saying it won’t work is not good enough for my curiosity.
Once upon a time it was thought that the earth was flat. From all the highest authorities possible. Or that the sun went around the earth. Same authorities.
Then people got curious.


#17

I have this one and it connects directly to one of my Companion hearing aids. I use it mainly for an interesting TV program that doesn’t have captions. As a result, I just don’t use it very often.


I should add that it works if my hearing aids have A2DP enabled:
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#18

@z10user2, I don’t have another Bluetooth source, other than my Android phone, to try with my trial Audeo B Directs. But I can tell you that my car pairs to the phone for call audio and media audio, while the designated aid (the left one in my case) pairs only for call audio. This is more evidence, besides Phonak’s word, that the Audeo B Direct doesn’t support Bluetooth media audio.


#19

Hey thanks x475aws. Is there a way to pair directly to the car? Or is that what you’re saying you tried?
If the car was searching for something to link to and the HA’s were sitting their waiting to be paired to…does anything interesting happen? Like no phone with bluetooth enabled in the vicinity.


#20

Confer: Generic Hearing Aid Accessories

Generic Hearing Aid Accessories


#21

For starters, the Lucid product listing does not appear to make any claim that it transmits as Low Latency - AptX - so that would rule out lip syncing, leading to a delay in matching word stream with the speaker’s lips, whether live or video, e.g. a movie.

You might consider asking the contact who suggested the Lucid product how the vendor claims it it distinguishes itself from the other BT transmitters offered on Amazon, from a hearing aid user’s point of view.?


#22

I emailed them earlier today to ask when I realized how many options were out there. Will f/u here with their response.


#23

Then there is the remaining need for an intermediate device on the receiving end, in my case a clip making a comfortable pair of cushioned headphones AptX capable over my hearing aids. This works well for me watching movies, better than rushing to read the captions, but I wouldn’t find it practical for live conversation with another person.

For the latter, I prefer the FM transmitter mike which came with my HAs, even though it causes my HAs to go through batteries more frequently, but the reception is great.


#24

@z10user2, the HA and the car are the same thing in Bluetooth terms, so they can’t talk to each other. They can only talk to a Bluetooth source, like a phone or a TV. The point I’m trying to make is that my Android phone is a media source just like a TV. The HA doesn’t accept the phone’s offer to stream media data, so it won’t accept a TV’s offer to do the same.


#25

Oh ok thanks. Shows what I know about bt…nothing. And you made some great sense that got through this thick skull about pairing.


#26

The one I’ve got can be switched between transmitter and receiver. They sometimes sell them in pairs (at a slight discount) so you can have one as transmitter and one as receiver. Avantree used to be the leading brand, but as you found out there are a lot of them on ebay now.

I use one as a transmitter with a Plantronics Backbeat Pro headset (with aptx low-latency codec support) for watching tv and it’s great. Clear sound and no lag.


#27

It is the phone that pairs to the car. So the aid is just doing it normal thing of providing the audio in the circuit.


#28

Recently purchased a 2:1 blue tooth adapter to communicate between a TV without blue tooth and my Surflink Mobile. It was cheap, $12 on eBay. I have experienced no latency or quality issues. My only issue is that the battery life is as expected for such a cheap device. So I just keep it plugged into the charger when using it.