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I have been very free with dispensing my mantra about mobile technology that says simply a mobile device must enable you to do the task at hand and do it well to be truly useful. It is great when I run across mobile devices that fit […]

I have been very free with dispensing my mantra about mobile technology that says simply a mobile device must enable you to do the task at hand and do it well to be truly useful. It is great when I run across mobile devices that fit this description and enable the user to do something they ordinarily can’t do. The ELI Ear-Level Instrument is a Bluetooth hearing aid that enables users who depend on hearing aids to interact with cell phones and PDAs.

The ELI user can answer cell phone calls hands-free and hear the call clearly using the Bluetooth hearing aid. From the ELI web site:

ELI provides bidirectional digital communication between a Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone and a hearing aid. Since the signal being transmitted between these devices is digital, it is not subject to the same sources of interference as other types of wireless transmission, such as analog FM or analog inductive transmission.

Great stuff.

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  1. Hi!

    How much is this bluetooth hearing aid? I couldn’t find the price was cost is this.

    Thank you!

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  2. I just purchased one through Steven Weitz in Queens NY. It works GREAT!!! You can contact him at: AIM -fhhearing or at(718) 793 – 9629.

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  3. Please send me information about how I may adapt my Sonovation behind the ear hearing aid to use with bluetooth and a cell phone.

    I’m in US, Alabama

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  4. Hi, is there anyone in Australia able to supply one of these to me? If not, how can I go about getting one? Many thanks

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  5. So how much is this device and can it be tuned by the hospital for my hearing level?

    Also, i have a hearing problem in both ears, so would two of these give me stero sound?

    Regards

    Pratik

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  6. Martha Chandler Tuesday, January 9, 2007

    Is the plug on the device compatible with Phonak’s Savia?

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  7. WILL YOUR DEVICE WORK WITH MY PHONAK’S BEHIND THE EAR HEARING AIDS?

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  8. Bernie Silberman Friday, June 29, 2007

    I wear Phonak digital hearing aids and use a Nokia Model 6102 cell phone. Is your device adaptable to my hearing aids or do I need a neck loop. What do you suggest?

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  9. Hannah Linde Thursday, July 5, 2007

    Just a quick note – I’m an audiologist. This is a bluetooth device from the hearing aid manufacturer Starkey – which is an international company. It can be attached to most behind the ear hearing aids using a boot that can be supplied by your hearing aid manufacturer through your dispenser (avg cost $30). They have had some problems with the mic picking up your voice to send to person on the other line but I think they are in the process of fixing that. It is rechargable but will only recharge for about 2 years (depends on how much you use it). The cost in Canada is about $300.

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