Bluetooth Technology: Toward More Wireless Hearing Care SolutionsBy Ingrago, Brad, MSEd; Hearing Review, Vol. 12, No. 1, pp. 26-27, 88-89
Publication Date: January 2005
Article discusses Bluetooth technology, which is a data transmission system that enables wireless networking and connectivity among different devices. Devices equipped with Bluetooth technology “seek” one another out, and recognize each other, perform authentication and privacy checks, and ultimately network together. The technology is utilized in the hearing care industry, as companies such as Gennum, GN ReSound, HITEC, Logitech, Phonak, and Plantronics. At the time the article was written, there were three Bluetooth-enabled products specifically designed for the hearing health care industry: (1) the OTOflex 100 from GN Otometrics, (2) the SmartLink SX from Phonak, and (3) the NOAHlink from HIMSA. The OTOflex 100 is a wireless Bluetooth middle-ear measurement system, which features a small hand-held design and a software-driven data management system. The device offers a wireless environment that frees both the client and the hearing care professional from limited stationary locations. The Phonak SmartLink combines a hearing aid remote control, FM transmitter, and Bluetooth compatibility. The remote control offers hands-free access to all hearing aid functions, and controls both right and left hearing aids together, eliminate the need for the user to carry multiple accessories. NOAHlink is programming equipment that was designed to provide faster data communication and access to programming features. By doing away with obtrusive wires connecting to a computer, NOAHlink offers flexibility and freedom of movement for clients. The author contends that Bluetooth technology has the potential to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of client care for hearing professionals.
Assistive Products Discussed: NOAHLINK
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