Can I use the BeHear to listen to the TV without the HearLink PLUS?

You can use the BeHear headset to listen to the TV even without the HearLink PLUS transmitter, but HearLink PLUS will provide better sound quality, as the audio will be streamed directly to the headset.

How do I pair the headset to my Windows Desktop PC?

  1. To connect your BeHear headset to a Windows PC desktop computer, first you must place the headset into pairing mode (when the headset is OFF, press the power button for several seconds until the LED flashes alternating red and blue lights).
  2. Then (and only then!) go to Settings > Bluetooth & other devices on your Windows PC.
  3. Click the “Add Bluetooth or other device” option
    Add a Bluetooth device on Windows PC - part 1
  4. Click “Bluetooth”:
    Add a Bluetooth device on Windows PC - part 2
  5. Your BeHear headset will appear as an audio device in the list next to a “headphone” icon. Click on this device name to connect:
    Add a Bluetooth device on Windows PC - part 3

Note: If you don’t follow the sequence detailed above, and instead start searching for new device in the PC while your headset is simply ON (not in pairing mode), BeHear will appear in the list as unknown device, with no “audio” under the name and no “headphone” icon next to it. Connecting to this device will not activate BeHear as a headphone/headset.
Add a Bluetooth device on Windows PC - part 4

Will these headsets help me to hear better in conference calls such as MS Teams and WebEx?

Yes, our assistive hearing headsets are designed to give you personalized amplification for computer-generated audio and conference calls, as well as live conversations. For conference calls with apps such as Skype, Zoom, MS Teams, Google Meet, and WebEx, you will simply need to pair the BeHear headset with the sound source (smartphone or computer) and select BeHear in the conference platform’s audio settings.

What kind of range can I expect from a BeHear headset when used with the HearLink PLUS transmitter?

The Bluetooth version in BeHear headsets is v. 4.2 and in the HearLink PLUS it is v. 5. However, the range depends on the class of the Bluetooth device (Class I or Class II) rather than on its version (v. 4.2 or v. 5). BeHear are Class II devices while HearLink PLUS are Class I. Operation range between these two devices is larger than for two Class II devices (10m or 40ft) though less than for two Class I devices (100m or 400ft). We expect that for the BeHear + HearLink PLUS combination you can get a 20m or 80ft range, in open spaces.

My BeHear headset is paired to the computer but the audio is coming out of the speakers, not the headset.

  1. As the headset can be connected to two devices at any one time, you need to make sure it’s not currently channeling the audio from any other device you may have connected (iPad/tablet/HearLink, etc.)
  2. In order to make sure your headset is connected to the computer, double-click the speaker icon on the Windows lower menu bar.  computer audio setting for behear assistive hearing headset
    The name that appears should be “BeHear” and not “Speakers”. If you see the name “Speakers” click the ^ (arrow). If the BeHear is connected properly you will be able to see it listed under the list of playback devices. Choose the “Headset” option. computer audio setting for behear assistive hearing headset
  3. When connecting to a desktop / Windows computer, the BeHear headset can appear in two different listings, once as a “Headset” and once as “Headphones”.
  4. Only the “Headset” listing will enable the BeHear microphones to transmit (the “HeadPhones” setting uses BeHear as a speaker only). Try switching between these two options.
  5. If you are using a communication application, such as Skype or Zoom, it is not enough to specify in the computer settings that the BeHear headset should be the audio device. You will also need to specify it in the communication application’s audio settings.

HearLink / HearLink PLUS doesn’t seem to be working right.

If your HearLink or HearLink PLUS isn’t operating to your satisfaction, check possible causes below:

  1. 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.
  2. The active CODEC (SBC, aptX or aptX-LL) for the HearLink/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 SBC mode only. (Note: HearLink does not support two connections with the aptX CODEC. If paired with two headsets simultaneously it will work in SBC mode only.)
  3. It is not recommended to connect two headsets simultaneously to one HearLink/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/HearLink PLUS (e.g., for an incoming call from one of the phones).

Which Bluetooth headsets support the aptX codec?

The current versions of both our headsets (BeHear NOW and BeHear ACCESS) support both the Qualcomm aptX “classic” and aptX-LL (low latency) codecs.

How can I stop the strange sounds that are sometimes emitted from the headset when streaming audio (TV, music player, computer)?

ListenThrough Slider Adjustment

This sometimes happens when ListenThrough is activated on a high transparency setting (the dot on the scale is set far on the right). In this instance, slide the dot to the left until the strange sound disappears.

Alternatively, turn off ListenThrough completely by sliding the dot all the way to the left (or tapping the mute button to the left of the scale), or by pressing the middle button on the headset’s right-hand control box.

You can also change the default settings for ListenThrough so that it will not be activated until you choose to do so. To change the default settings:

  1. Tap the “Settings” icon at the bottom of the W&H BeHear app screen.
  2. Tap the “Device” icon.
  3. Scroll down to the “ListenThrough Music” section, and tap the ▼ symbol below the descriptive text to reveal the drop-down list of options.
  4. Choose “OFF”.

Can I use my BeHear headset to hear audio from my laptop computer?

Depending on the application, BeHear may appear either as a headset or as a headphone, just like most other Bluetooth headphones.

For most music players it will be listed as a “headphone” while for messaging services, such as Skype/Viber/WeChat etc., it will be listed as a “headset”.

For each additional Bluetooth device you would like to link to the BeHear headset you will need to perform the pairing procedure (placing the headset into “Pairing Mode” by turning it OFF, and then pressing the power button for several seconds until the LED flashes red/blue). You should see the BeHear headset in the “Audio Devices” section of the Bluetooth pairing screen.

For more information, view one of these videos:

Connecting the HearLink TV transmitter blocks the television audio for the rest of the viewers.

If you have a set top box you may be able to use it to bypass the television’s audio output jack. Many set top boxes (cable boxes) have an analog audio output jack and/or an optical (digital) audio output jack. If you connect the HearLink/HearLink PLUS TV transmitter directly to the set top box the audio may transmit simultaneously to the BeHear headset and the television speakers.