Do I need to hold my phone (or the SMARTO device) for calls?
For mobile calls there is no need to hold SMARTO (or your phone) in your hand. SMARTO can hang around your neck on the lanyard, be clipped to a pocket or purse, or placed on a nearby surface since the microphone in the headset supplied with SMARTO is used during mobile phone calls (and it is close to your mouth).
If I’m listening to music on my computer will I still hear my phone ring?
If you have paired your BeHear headset to both a smartphone and a computer you will hear a ringtone for incoming calls through the headset. However, when setting up your headset as a Bluetooth audio device for listening to music on the computer you must make sure to choose “Headphone” (and not “Headset”) when specifying which connection to use.
Important Note: The opposite is true when you are using the headset/computer combination to participate in video calls (Zoom, Skype, etc.). For this type of communication choose the “Headset” option.
Bluetooth connection is not stable during phone calls.
In this case we recommend placing your mobile phone in front of you or in your hand, but not in a tight pocket or otherwise pressed against your body, as the body blocks the Bluetooth signal.
Will the PROXY amplify nearby conversations, without having the earbuds in my ears?
The answer is no. Personal Hearing mode in BeHear PROXY works only when you have the earbuds in your ears. Only Bluetooth-streamed audio (from a paired device, such as your mobile phone, television, computer, audio transmitter, gaming console, etc.) will reach your ears in Loudspeaker mode.
HearLink PLUS isn’t working right when two headsets are paired with it.
Check these possible causes :
- One of the headsets is out of range. The quality of the Bluetooth connection (and associated audio distortions) depends on the weakest connection of the two connected headsets. For example, audio distortions may be heard by the wearer of the headset closest to the HearLink/HearLink PLUS transmitter when the second headset is out of the transmitter’s range.
- One of the headsets is not a BeHear headset. The active CODEC (SBC, aptX or aptX-LL) for the HearLink PLUS transmitter is determined according to the common denominator for the both headsets. Two BeHear headsets will always operate in aptX-LL mode. However, if one of the connected headsets is not a BeHear headset, and it doesn’t support aptX, both headsets will work in the lower quality SBC mode only.
- Each headset is paired to a different mobile phone. It is not recommended to connect two headsets simultaneously to one HearLink PLUS and maintain separate smartphone connections for each headset. This is due to problems which may arise when the wearer desires to switch the audio stream between his/her phone and HearLink PLUS (e.g., for an incoming call from one of the phones).
Can I use the BeHear headset without a smartphone?
You can use the BeHear and control its basic functions even if you don’t have a smartphone. However, if you want to make sure the BeHear amplification matches your hearing profile, we highly recommend that you take our hearing assessment using a smartphone and our app. The hearing assessment results will be saved in the BeHear headset, so you can use it later without a smartphone.
The smartphone is also instrumental in fine-tuning the hearing environment in real time. However, the headset itself includes seven built-in control buttons that allow you to use it autonomously. So, if you want to use the device for ambient hearing only (not mobile phone calls or audio streaming from a phone), you do not need a smartphone.