|My Oticon kit, including Streamer (& old cellphone)|
Jackson has Oticon aids and uses the Streamer accessory to pair with the Bluetooth transmitter and his hearing aids. He can sit anywhere in Harbert Center's main meeting room to have the audio from the microphone broadcast to his ears. And, of course, with his Streamer he can use a multitude of other devices. The article touches upon the aging Baby Boomer market, a segment of the population who have been exposed to astounding technological leaps and bounds throughout their lifetime and expect the best tech no matter what they need it for. In this case this older generation is paving the way for younger people to be able to take advantage of accessibility options like this.
I can see one downside with a Bluetooth transmitter used as a replacement for FM systems. Not everyone has a Bluetooth-equipped hearing aid, so using one tech in place of the other can shut out some people. In that case I think the people in charge of a meeting area would do well to survey the population of attendees they receive and see what accommodations they would like, before spending money on something no one can use.
This article gave me the idea to look into a Bluetooth transmitter for use at home. I think it would be a cool addition to our home audio setup (which I'll admit is pretty much nonexistent at the moment). It would be pretty neat to be able to stream sound directly to my aids from our music collection or the TV. For those with Oticon hearing aids like me, Oticon also has a ConnectLine line of products that interact with the television and landline phones.