Reading with Hearing Aids

Reading is something that everyone should be able to enjoy! But unfortunately approximately 1/3 of all adults over 65 have some level of vision-limiting eye disease? That means many people have trouble reading text easily. As for the rest of us, it feels like there’s never enough time to sit down with a good book. With today’s Bluetooth hearing technology, its never been easier to listen to audiobooks anytime and anyplace.

Personally, I’ve had trouble making my way through books, particularly non-ficition, with all the distractions now available on my phone. Since using my Bluetooth hearing aid to help me listen to books on the go, I’ve “read” more in the past year than I have in a long time. Here’s how you can do it too:

  1. The Audible app is the best place to get nearly every book you can dream of. Simply download the app and you’ll get a free 30 day trial and a free audiobook of your choice. After your trial is over it costs about $15 a month, which includes a free audiobook of your choice every month. If you want more books, you can simply go ahead and pay to download more. There are also regular offers for free featured downloads.
  2. You can also download audiobooks for free through your local public library. Check what services your library uses, then go ahead and download the necessary app and request the books you’d like.
  3. From the Audible app or whichever other audiobook app you’re using, simply begin playing your book and it will be routed through your hearing aids. You can even control the playback speed if you want to soar through a title quickly. Use your smartphone to change the volume, pause, and play your content just like you’d do when listening to music.

There you go! Now you can listen to your favourite books whether you’re cozied up at home or out on the go. With your Bluetooth hearing aids your books will always be clear and easy to hear, while background noise can be easily reduced. While listening to audiobooks is enjoyable and relaxing, it may also have some positive health benefits. It’s been suggested that those who read regularly are less likely to develop dementia. While the same link hasn’t been made to audiobooks specifically, it certainly seems reasonable that those benefits may likely apply.

So go ahead, put your Bluetooth hearing technology to work and get back into reading!

 

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Here’s my phone screen while using the Audible app. The Bluetooth symbol next to my name shows that the book is streaming directly through my hearing aids.

 

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