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Do Radiant Hearing Aids From Sonic Offer Hands-Free Phone Calls?

Scott Bunnell, AuD

May 23, 2022



 Do RadiantTM hearing aids from Sonic offer hands-free phone calls? 


Yes! With new BluetoothⓇ Low Energy technology specific to Apple iPhones and iPads, bi-directional streaming is now available. This means that sound can be transmitted from an iPhone or iPad to the Radiant hearing aids, and from the hearing aids to an iPhone or iPad. The benefit is that users can enjoy hands-free communication without the need to use an intermediary device. This new feature picks up the hearing aid user's voice via the microphone and streams it back to the iPhone or iPad and so there is no need to have to hold the phone in front of their mouth during a call. Of course, users still need to accept and end the calls via the controls on their iPhone or iPad, but otherwise, the calls are completely hands-free.

Bi-directional streaming also works with FaceTime, as well as some other audio and video calling apps. Not all iPhone or iPad devices are compatible with this feature, so visit our website to see a list of compatible models at

Hands-free phone and video calls are available with all Radiant products: Radiant miniRITE T R, miniRITE T, miniBTE T R, and miniBTE T.  The feature is also available on all technology levels, 100, 80, 60, 40, and 20. Please note that it requires Firmware version 1.3 so previously released miniRITE T and miniRITE T R models will need a firmware update to access this feature.

This Ask the Expert is an edited excerpt from the course, Expanding the Radiant Family in 2022 - register to view the course here

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scott bunnell

Scott Bunnell, AuD

Senior Global Product Manager

Scott Bunnell is the Senior Global Product Manager at Sonic and is responsible for the management of all products offered in the US, including participation in the product launch process, product training, marketing and day to day support.  Scott received his Master’s degree in Audiology from the University of Minnesota and his Audiology Doctorate from the University of Florida. Prior to coming to Sonic he worked clinically in a hospital setting specializing in amplification and vestibular testing.  

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