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Bluetooth Options for CI users

March 28th, 2009 by | Tags: , , , | 5 Comments »

Many people know that I dream to have a built-in bluetooth in my CI processors so that we don’t have to worry about having an extra bulky piece on our ear!  While this does not exist, there are quite a few great bluetooth options for CI users that I learned yesterday at the Assistive Learning Devices session at Cochlear™ Celebration:

Phonak SmartLink

While Phonak SmartLink is normally used as an FM, it can also be used as a bluetooth!  I’m sure that many CI users who are currently students in schools have an FM already, and so, they would have a bluetooth option for their processor already!


I have to say that I am ashamed of not having heard of bluetooth neckloop!  This bluetooth is a very simple option as it only requires CI users to put this neckloop around their neck and switch their processor settings to tele-coil!

Clear Sounds CLA7

This is not a bluetooth; however, it is another hands-free phone option!  I tested this product at the workshop, and I have to say that it is not my favorite option as it’s very heavy and bulky, and it requires a wire to connect this device to the cellphone; however, the clarity of sounds is very clear.  The user would wear this around his/her neck and set his/her processor to tele-coil settings.  This product can not only work well with any phones, but also iPods.

These products can be found at these websites:




March 28, 2009 at 11:41 pm

Yeah good post Rachel..

I knew of the FM bluetooth capability and I wanted that for college AND other activities..

most of the other solutions are good , neckloops aren’t so great , they can be moved with the clothes…

David Duncan

March 30, 2009 at 3:53 am


I use the ClearSounds neckloop quite often. It’s not my favorite device, but it’s better than anything else I’ve been able to get my hands on!

I use it often because my job requires me to work with computers and speak on the phone at the same time. Using this device is the easiest way to do that. I also like that I can turn on the telecoil on my implant and my hearing aid, meaning I can use BOTH ears to listen on the phone. Hearing with two ears, of course, always helps!!!

What a great website. Thanks to you and Elizabeth for keeping us posted on such great news! Sounds like you had fun at Celebration. When and where is the next one? I need to get it on my calendar!


May 26, 2010 at 6:39 pm

[...] Alguns modelos têm suporte a bluetooth, cujo uso “oficial” é para se usar em conjunto com um dispositivo de microfone [...]


October 28, 2011 at 7:13 pm

is there a real market for a bluetooth-enhanced ci processor?
it would not be that hard to engineer into the device if some one was so inclined….

June 3, 2012 at 11:39 am

[...] for those with Phonak hearing aids. Oticon offers the Oticon ConnectLine Mobile. There are even Bluetooth options for Cochlear Implant users. I’m sure that most other hearing aid manufacturers have their own bluetooth adapters too [...]