If you are looking at streaming music, movies or calls from your Android phone, laptop or TV, the Streamline Mic is for you. It allows you to pair your Bluetooth connected hearing aids (Nx and X models) to any Bluetooth connected device.
Additionally, you can use the Streamline Mic as a remote control or remote microphone for your hearing aids making it quite versatile, no matter the situation you are in.
To find out how to connect the Streamline Mic – click here for a tutorial video.
The Streamline Mic allows you to switch programs and control the volume of your hearing aids. This is especially helpful for Styletto devices, which don’t have any volume controls or provide visible buttons for people who don’t like or can’t reach onboard hearing aid buttons (or for those who can’t or don’t use the Signia app to adjust their devices).
It can also function as a remote microphone, allowing you to stream sound from the microphone directly to your hearing aid. If you’re someone who struggles to hear well in noisy situations, like restaurants, Signia claims this can help increase the speech clarity of your speaking partner.
In my experience, I found the Streamline Mic lacks sufficient volume and picks up significant background noise, which is why I primarily use it as a Bluetooth streamer.
During testing, the connection of the Streamline Mic was intermittent at times. Some days it would be very stable, whilst other times there was significant interference. I found the connection of Widex’s COMDEX device, which used a neckloop, was much more stable. However, it lacked the versatility of the Streamline Mic, without the ability to charge on the go, no volume controls and the need to be hung around your neck all the time.
When streaming music, you can also use it for volume controls. Although you are able to pause music with the device, you will unfortunately have to take out your phone again to start the music again. This is because it reverts to functioning as a remote control once the media has stopped.
Signia claims the Streamline Mic lasts up to 6 hours on a 2 hour charge. This was sufficient for most days, but on longer days I found myself having to plug it in towards the afternoon.
This being said, if you are taking many Zoom calls at your desk, I really liked that you could continue using it whilst on charge.
If you are looking to stream phone calls or listen to music from your Android phone or laptop I would highly recommend picking up the Streamline Mic. In my opinion, the convenience of being able to stream anything you want directly to your ears is worth the extra cost.
For any older Signia hearing aids, you may have to pick up an easyTek streamer.
About the author
Mark Truong is the host of The Hear Me Out Audiology Podcast and has recently started the Hearing Tech News Youtube channel focused on providing in-depth reviews on the latest in hearing technology. From apps to hearing aids, headphones to hearables, he covers a vast number of topics and aims to provide as many tips and tricks to help the average consumer. He believes that “Hearing Health is essential to all facets of life and everyone deserves the opportunity to hear!”