Hearing instruments used to be quite big. And the more technology they packed, the bigger they were. But, naturally, people want small hearing instruments.
Smart ones, with lots of interfaces because they make it easier to connect to the world around you. But if we make hearing aids smaller, where do we put all that technology?
In this article, well explain how the Siemens Bluetooth Hearing Aid Remote (aka miniTEK) works.
With a normal Bluetooth remote, thanks to e2e wireless 2.0 technology, you can use the remote to change programs and adjust the volume of his hearing instruments.
But the Siemens Bluetooth Remote is much more than a simple remote control. At the touch of a single button, you can take a call and have it transmitted through Bluetooth to your Siemens hearing aids. Naturally, you can adjust the volume of the phone conversation, too.
Now, how does all that work?
The remote uses the widespread Bluetooth standard to connect with Bluetooth compatible telephones. When the phone rings, the Bluetooth remote is automatically activated. Because it's a multipoint system, the remote can communicate with two telephones.
For example, the regular phone at home and a mobile phone. So, thanks to the remote, you can enjoy phone conversations wherever you are; at home, in the car, or in the office.
And its a good thing you can.
Telephones isn't where it ends, though. The remote can put you in touch with lots of things; your hi-fi, your computer, your laptop.
In short, pretty much anything that is Bluetooth enabled.
Let's say you have a passion for architecture, and enjoy taking guided tours. Unfortunately, it can be loud in town. With all the noise, it's hard to make out what the guide is saying. This is a perfect application for the Bluetooth remotes direct audio input.
This input connects with any FM receiver, allowing you to stream talks and presentations right into your hearing aids. Because a transmitter captures the sound close to the source and transmits it directly to the remote you can understand what the guide is saying, despite all the background noise.
The remote can be just as useful at the theater. It incorporates a t-coil (also called a telecoil), and can therefore be used with induction loop systems commonly found in theaters and similar places. Many Bluetooth hearing aids have an integrated t-coil, but that makes them larger, of course.
Thanks to the remote, you can wear much smaller hearing aids than before.
And no one has to wear a clip-on FM transmitter in order to know what is going on.
Maybe you like to stay fit, so you often go running. But you need music to keep you going.
Fortunately, the remote is equipped with a line input, allowing you to connect your mp3 player so you can enjoy music streamed directly into your hearing instruments. And if the mp3 player is Bluetooth enabled, you don't even have to use a cable.
Perhaps movies are another of your passions. Thanks to Bluetooth, you can use your remote to stream sound from your TV set.
Theres just one little problem.
The standard Bluetooth protocol creates delays that create lip-sync errors. Very annoying.
But there's a solution for that, too.
The TEK transmitter, a small device that is connected to the TV set corrects these delays and ensures that your favorite actors deliver their lines in perfect lip-syncrony.
If you have a TV in your bedroom, too, that's not a problem because the remote can communicate with two TEK transmitters.
So, to summarize, the Siemens Bluetooth Remote (miniTEK) can communicate with two telephones, lots of Bluetooth devices, and an FM receiver.
It features a t-coil, a line input, and it can be used with two TEK transmitters to eliminate lip-sync errors.
And, of course, its a remote control, too.
The remote packs all that technology in one small device which gives you more flexibility when it comes to choosing hearing instruments.
The Bluetooth remote is compatible with all Siemens products using e2e Wireless 2.0 such as: Siemens Motion, Siemens Life, Siemens Pure, Siemens Explorer, Siemens Nitro.
And it has almost no effect on the hearing aids power consumption.