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What is the expected battery life for a hearing aid with moderate wireless iPhone use?

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Charles Darby PhD, MA, BC-HIS

Hearing Healthcare Provider in Little Rock

18 December 2016 - 794 Views

Based on your question, I'm assuming you are using some type of audio streamer with your aids or using one of the newer Bluetooth direct aids.  More info is needed to properly answer but I'll attempt to give a general idea of battery life and what impacts the battery's duration.  The power draw required by the aid determines the life of the battery. There are several size batteries used in today's aids with the smaller lasting fewer days than the larger. They rank in size from the smaller #10 to #312 to #13 and to the larger #675.  The greater the... Read more

Does Phonak make a hearing aid with Bluetooth, telecoil, and rechargeable batteries?

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Abram Bailey, AuD

Doctor of Audiology, Hearing Tracker Founder

19 August 2016 - 3692 Views

We recently added the Phonak Audéo B-R to our hearing aid review database. We're excited to see what customers will report, especially with regard to real world battery life. The B-R does not have a telecoil, and to my knowledge it is not directly compatible with smarphones like the iPhone. The B-R is compatible with the Phonak ComPilot II, ComPilot Air II, and EasyCall, which can help you to connect your devices to 3rd party Bluetooth devices (like your iPhone). 

I have a 60% hearing loss in my left ear and no hearing in my right ear. What kind of hearing aid can help me? I also need one that will connect to my smartphone.

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Goutham Gosu, AuD

Doctor of Audiology in Charlotte

17 August 2016 - 1596 Views

I would suggest trying a BICROS hearing device; a couple of different manufacturers carry these kind of hearing aids which are smartphone compatiable. I would reccomend researching Signia (Siemens), Phonak, & Starkey. At this given time those 3 have the most updated technology when it comes to BICROS devices. 

Does the Oticon streamer send stereo Bluetooth to the Alta 2 Pro miniRITE?

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Chelsea Walters, BS, BC-HIS

Hearing Healthcare Provider in Broomfield

24 February 2017 - 668 Views

No the Streamer Pro only allows mono audio streaming to both devices.  The new Oticon Opn productline does stream in stereo directly from the iPhone.

Are there hearing aids that can connect to Bluetooth devices using the standard Bluetooth protocol, without requiring additional accessories?

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Christine Pickup, AuD

Doctor of Audiology in Rupert

15 February 2017 - 3971 Views

The latest Made for iPhone hearing instruments do not need an a relay device to interface with other technology such as an iPhone or iPad.  There are several manufacturers which make hearing aids that are Bluetooth enabled, but all are based on Apple's BLE due to size restrictions.  If you wish to connect beyond an iPhone or certain Android devices (with a landline phone or TV for instance), you will still need an accessory of some sort.  Which manufacturer's devices may be best for your needs depends on your hearing loss and communication goals.... Read more