Streamer devices and wireless hearing products

Traditionally, wireless hearing products have been connected to the hearing instrument either inductively via the T-coil program, or connected directly to the instrument via the Direct-Audio-Input (DAI) program.

In order to find the optimal way of connection for the user, we need to take multiple factors into account: audiological, technical and of course personal preference.

Streamers – the third way to your hearing
The majority of hearing instruments sold today support wireless connection to peripheral sound sources, i.e. mobile phone, TV, landline phone or a remote microphone. Each hearing instrument manufacturer has its own way to connect to these sound sources, but for the most part they use some sort of body-worn communication device also known as a ‘streamer’ *).

Several benefits
The primary reason why the user would like to use the streamer connection is that it eliminates the need for wearing a receiver on the hearing instrument itself. There are several benefits to this approach:

  • Less weight on the ear
  • Less battery drain on the hearing instrument battery
  • More cosmetically appealing solution
  • Lower cost, since only one receiver is needed for both hearing instruments

Turns a good streamer into an even better!
Although streamers allow the hearing instrument to be connected to more sound sources than ever before, many users still have a need for further listening enhancements while in noise of listening at a distance.

Most streamers on the market support the connection of a wireless mini receiver, opening up the hearing system to the digital world of hearing products from Comfort Audio.



*) The term ”Streamer” is a registered trademark of Oticon. It is today a common term to describe personal communication devices from any manufacturer.