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Old 04-12-2017, 06:04 AM   #1
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Question Connecting bluetooth hearing aids.


I have lost most of my hearing, and depend heavily on my Phonak hearing aids, which have all kinds of smart things. I can connect to a BT device coupled to the headphone outlet on my TV, giving me my own private 16 channel stereo sound system. It is coupled to my mobile-phone, so I can use the phone, if it is lying somewhere within 30 feet range, using the hearing aid remote-control, microphone and ear-pieces. I can get sound from MP3 players directly into my hearing-aids. I can have 2 BT connections simultaneously (incoming phone calls override the others) and switch between any three paired. My PC doesn't have BT,so I have acquired a BT dongle from Phonak marked Laird, which connects to the PC via USB. The idea was to send PC sound (Music) to the BT device, which is paired to the hearing-aid. The hearing-aid then acts like wireless BT speakers. How do I channel my PC sound into the BT dongle? SUSE 42.2 and KDE. All updated to latest versions.
 
Old 04-12-2017, 11:24 PM   #2
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How do I channel my PC sound into the BT dongle?
That's a very challenging question. I honestly don't know but if there's anything I've learned from running Linux is that most dongles need a driver. Most drivers are built into the kernel. Drivers are in the output of lsmod.

Does lsusb see the BT dongle from Phonak marked Laird?
 
Old 02-01-2020, 03:34 AM   #3
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Is this thread obsolete ?

Well, anyway just for what it's worth (FWIW):

Today I wrote directly to Phonak, to ask if there is a Debian bluetooth driver for Phonak V90.
The lsusb does not list my devices (I have one on each ear).

Hope to be able to return.
 
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Old 02-05-2020, 12:07 PM   #4
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Thumbs up Phonak V90 now working.

THX whoever fixed this!

Today I downloaded a new bluetooth db of some kind as part of normal Debian 11 (Bullseye) - and TADA ! my hearing aids now work perfectly!!!

/René
 
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Old 02-10-2020, 04:04 PM   #5
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Rene - I have Phonak marvels v50. I'm running Zorin OS. Sometimes the BT connection works, most times not. Can u pls provide details as to how you updated your BT database to easily connect your Phonak aids. Thanks, and much appreciated.
 
Old 02-11-2020, 12:45 AM   #6
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Hi Timoteo,

I'm no Lunix expert, and I run Debian 11 (Bullseye).

1. I installed

a. bluetooth 5.50-1
b. libbluetooth3 5.50-1-b1

This made my bluetooth devices visible, bot none worked.


2. Then I added
c. pulseaudio-module-bluetooth

This made my JBL headset work.


3. From here I'm guessing, but one day I did a normal package upgrade and some bluetooth.db was downloaded.

This made both my Phonak V90 devices work.

I have no further information, alas, and I do hope you get your devices working too.

/René
 
Old 02-11-2020, 12:06 PM   #7
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I should maybe add, that I run the KDE desktop / Plasma 5.12 rather ... and the bluetooth from KDE.
 
  


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