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I’m interested in getting hearing aids that stream audio from my TV to my hearing aids. How does this work, and do I need special equipment?

Answer:

Most hearing aid manufacturers offer a TV streaming device. Their websites are a good source for information on how these devices connect to your TV. Although most support different types of digital or analog connections, others do not. It’s a good idea to take a look at your TV before you make a purchase to make sure you have compatible connectors on both your TV and the manufacturer’s device.

Another option is to check with your local hearing care provider to see if they offer a rental option. This allows you to try out a TV streamer before buying. A lease program typically includes a TV streaming device rental for a month, plus in-home connection and setup. Then if you enjoy the experience, you can buy the device outright, and have the rental fee deducted from the price of the purchase. It’s a great way to “test drive” the device before committing to something you may or may not like.

It’s important to note that most can only connect to one TV at a time. So if you have more than one TV in your home, you will either need to purchase more than one device or disconnect and reconnect it if you want to use it in a different room. It could be a source of frustration if you’re not handy at connecting up gadgets.

Another solution for streaming audio from your TV to your hearing aids is an app called Tunity. It works great with iPhone compatible hearing aids by streaming live TV audio via your iPhone. It’s simple to use and doesn’t require any other device: you just take a picture of the TV screen, and the app will recognize the TV show you are watching and stream the audio to your hearing aids. It works with any TV, even if the audio is muted. It even works in places like airports or in sports bars. It’s a great way to take advantage of the latest technology.

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Michael Schneller is a hearing care professional at Focus Hearing in Overland Park, KS

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