Get Clearer Cell Phone Calls with Hearing Aids!

Does your hearing aid produce a buzzing or static noise when you use your cell phone?

It’s a problem common to many older cell phones and hearing aid models. Newer cell phones are required by the Federal Communications Commission to be compatible with hearing aids, and include features that reduce static and interference. There are also hearing aids designed specifically for cell phones, so you can hear conversations clearly, even on an older cell phone.

Here are some things to keep in mind when shopping for cell phones or hearing aids.

Ratings

Cell phones that are designed to be compatible with hearing aids are clearly marked. Look for an “M,” for microphone on the packaging, owner’s manual, or store display. You’ll usually see a 3 or 4 next to it. The higher the number, the clearer your cell phone conversation will sound with your hearing aid.

If your hearing aid has a telecoil (a copper wire that improves the way dialogue sounds) look for cell phones with a T rating of 3 or 4. This rating also shows how clear your calls will sound.

Some hearing aids also have ratings that show how well they work with cell phones . The same M and T ratings will be listed on the hearing aid packaging, though the ratings start at 1 and go to 4. A higher rating signifies a clearer call.

Hearing aids designed for cell phones

Some hearing aids are designed specifically for cell phones. For example, the Halo, a hearing aid by Starkey, is compatible with the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. It connects wirelessly to Apple products, and works as headphones, so you can easily hear phone calls, FaceTime chats, music, movies, and more. If you’re interested in the Halo, make an appointment with Harbor Audiology in Gig Harbor or Tacoma, Washington.

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Accessories

You can also buy add-on devices for your hearing aid to help make phone calls sound clearer. These devices put distance between the hearing aid and the cell phone to decrease interference. If your hearing aid has a telecoil, you can purchase a neck or ear loop with a microphone to plug directly into the phone, making it easier to hear cell phone calls. Bluetooth and earbud devices that connect to microphones and the cell phone or the hearing aid itself are also available.

Cell phone calls don’t have to sound fuzzy. If your hearing aid makes using your cell phone frustrating, come in to Harbor Audiology’s Gig Harbor or Tacoma office today and we’ll help you find a solution. We also serve Port Orchard, Lakewood & Puyallup, Washington.