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Hands-free Calling, Audio Streaming for Hearing Aid Wearers

27 February 2018
The discreet, hands-free ConnectClip can be worn near the top button of a shirt. Source: Oticon.

Those who wear hearing aids typically cannot use traditional wireless headsets. But a discreet, hands-free device called ConnectClip is set to change that.

Now available from hearing device manufacturer Oticon, the ConnectClip is designed to improve listening quality in noisy environments for Opn hearing aid wearers, as well as offering high-quality audio streaming through smartphones, MP3 players and other connected devices. It also serves as a remote microphone for facilitating hands-free phone calls.

According to the company, the device can be used to stream the voice of a speaker located up to 65 feet away directly into a user’s hearing aids. It can also be paired with a computer or tablet, via Bluetooth or USB dongle, for audio streaming of a video chat. Buttons on the device effectively serve as a hearing aid remote control, enabling wearers to adjust volume, change programs or mute their hearing aids altogether.

The launch of ConnectClip follows Oticon’s introduction of an award-winning HearingFitness app from hearing device manufacturer Oticon. The app was designed to be used in conjunction with the company’s internet-connected Opn hearing aids, a CES Innovation Award honoree in 2017.

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