Enhance Your Hearing With Streaming & Looping
You may have heard about hearing aid looping and streaming, but what are they really? Both of these features — working hand in hand with your hearing aids — can make listening, engaging, and participating in everyday life even easier. Read on to understand what they are, how they work, and how you can make the most of these exciting hearing helpers.
At its core, streaming involves sending audio from a sound source directly to your hearing aids for convenient, accessible, clearer listening. With streaming, your hearing aids essentially act as headphones, receiving audio wirelessly from your:
- Other media devices
Hearing aids facilitate streaming either directly or through a clip. In direct streaming, audio is transmitted right to your devices — no accessories needed. The clip method requires a wireless accessory, a streamer, that clips to your collar. The audio is transmitted to the clip, which then sends it to your hearing aids.
For other listening situations, some hearing-aid-compatible accessories can even be set on a table or hang on a lanyard around your neck to stream the voices you need to hear during one-on-one conversations, group discussions, and meetings.
What do you need to get started streaming? One of the most popular ways is to wirelessly pair your hearing aids with a compatible smartphone — via embedded Bluetooth technology — to begin streaming phone calls and so much more, similar to how your smartphone works hands-free in your vehicle. Our caring team can explain the process and ensure you have what you need.
“Looping” refers to the installation of a specialized sound system that discreetly and effectively picks up audio in a given area and transmits it to a person’s hearing aid or cochlear implant. A growing number of public and private facilities across the country — including selected spots at the New York Botanical Garden, Yankee Stadium, and New York Public Library branches — feature loops for better hearing.
These systems, commonly called “hearing loops,” “audio loops,” or “audio induction loops,” consist of an amplifier and a specific sound source. By creating a magnetic field and broadcasting the sounds directly to those within the loop, these systems create a clearer sound environment that can make hearing in challenging spaces a lot easier.
It’s a cinch to use a hearing loop. Most hearing aids include a telecoil, or T-coil, setting that can pick up sound from the loop system. Simply select the T-coil setting, adjust the volume to your preferences, and enjoy sound broadcasted directly to your hearing aid — with less distracting background noise. Be sure to look for the hearing loop logo at participating facilities. [DISPLAY BLUE-AND-WHITE LOOP LOGO]