As increasing numbers of people have come to view hearing instruments as a technology extension to the smartphone, their coolness factor has risen commensurately. No longer regarded simply as a means of improving hearing, hearing instruments with Bluetooth connectivity have attained new status as communication and information-gathering devices. While once only compatible with Apple’s iOS mobile operating systems, newer Bluetooth hearing instruments offer universal connectivity, making them useable with an Android device or even a classic flip phone that is Bluetooth-ready. The latest Bluetooth hearing instruments can answer a phone call with a press of a button on the hearing aid. They have built-in microphones that feature automatic voice pickup, allowing people to have two-way conversations through their hearing instruments.

P.S. A card-sized TV connector enables hearing instruments to plug into the back of a TV to pair with Bluetooth hearing instruments to stream high-fidelity TV sound.