Pairing hearing aids to mobile phones allows you to stream phone calls, music, and other audio directly to your hearing aids. In this article, I will be going through the steps you can follow to pair your hearing aids with your mobile phone, in the hope that you find it useful.
Before attempting to pair your hearing aids with your mobile phone, make sure your hearing aids are compatible with your phone. Many hearing aid manufacturers have a list of compatible devices on their websites.
Before I start, I'd like to state that I am aware that there are slight differences in how the pairing process is done. It all depends on the hearing aids you have and what smartphone you currently have in use. But, to simplify things - here is the universal process for pairing your hearing aids with your mobile if you have 2.4GHz-enabled hearing aids.
1. Switch on your Bluetooth on your smartphone. This is generally found in the 'settings' section.
2. Then turn on your 'hearing aids' accessibility. To pair your hearing aids with an iPhone go to Settings > Accessibility > Hearing Devices
To pair your hearing aids with an Android smartphone go to the Bluetooth Menu
Please note that sometimes your hearing aids might not pair straight away. If this is the case, try opening and closing your battery door or turn them on and off again.
3. Then select your hearing aids to finalise the pairing process.
Select what to stream to your hearing aids using the below process:
a. If you want to stream only your phone calls on iPhone you go to Settings > Accessibility > Hearing Devices > Audio Routing > Media Audio and then choose 'Never Hearing Devices'
To stream only your phone calls on Android smartphones just disable the apps that stream audio directly.
b. To stream audio from your chosen apps into your hearing aids - For both iPhone and Android smartphones go to Settings > Notifications and turn off sound where appropriate.
Please note that Android phones may have an option to disable all app sounds with a single button.
c. To enable touchscreen and keyboard sounds - For iPhones go to Settings > Sounds and turn on Keyboard Clicks as well as Lock Sound. For Android phones go to Settings > Sounds > Vibration
If you're still having difficulty pairing your mobile to your hearing aids then try the below checks first - failing that, speak to your audiologist and they will be happy to assist you.
Pairing hearing aids with mobile devices offers several benefits, enhancing the overall listening experience for individuals with hearing loss. Here are some of the advantages:
The benefits may vary depending on the specific hearing aid model, mobile device compatibility, and app features. Therefore, it's advisable to consult with a hearing care professional to determine the most suitable options for your individual needs.
Please also that the exact steps of pairing may vary depending on your hearing aids and mobile phone. If you're having trouble pairing your hearing aids to your mobile phone, consult the manual or contact your hearing aid manufacturer or audiologist for assistance.
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Pairing is the process needed to connect and sync information on Bluetooth devices wirelessly.
If your mobile won't connect, it's likely because it is out of range or not in pairing mode. If that's not the case, try resetting your mobile. If the problem still persists, contact your audiologist who can help you.
Usually, you need to tap the hearing aid device name and tap either 'forget' or 'unpair'.
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