When pairing BeHear via Bluetooth with my computer the device shows both “headset” and “headphones” entries. Which should I choose?
Oftentimes, when you connect BeHear to your computer, you will see two BeHear entries: one as Headphone and one as Headset. For best results we recommend the following:
- For 2-way communication – Use the headset entry if you are on a video or audio call and the headset communication is two-way (send and receive).
- For 1-way communication (streaming only) – Use the headphone entry if you will be using BeHear for music/audio listening.
What is the typical range of Bluetooth? Can I get up to go to the kitchen or bathroom and stay connected?
Bluetooth range for Class II devices like our BeHear NOW and ACCESS headsets is up to 10 meters (~33 feet). This holds true even if you leave the room. Note: There may be interference from other electronic devices or objects which will affect that range.
How do I pair the headset to my phone?
- Using your smartphone, download the free W&H BeHear app from Google Play Store or the Apple Store.
- Open the W&H BeHear app, and choose an interface language.
- You will be prompted to indicate which headset you have (either BeHear NOW or BeHear ACCESS).
- The app will then show you how to put the headset into pairing mode (your phone’s Bluetooth option must be active).
- Follow the app’s on-screen prompts to connect the headset to your phone.
- Once the connection is successful, the headset will be turned off automatically. You are instructed to press its power button to turn it back on.
- Once the headset is back on, the pairing process is complete and you should start the hearing assessment.
How do I pair the headset to my Windows Desktop PC?
- 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).
- Then (and only then!) go to Settings > Bluetooth & other devices on your Windows PC.
- Click the “Add Bluetooth or other device” option
- Click “Bluetooth”:
- Your BeHear headset will appear as an audio device in the list next to a “headphone” icon. Click on this device name to connect:
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.
What range can I expect with the BeHear headset + HearLink PLUS combination?
The BeHear NOW and BeHear ACCESS headsets are Bluetooth Class II devices, while the HearLink PLUS is a Bluetooth Class I device. As a result, you many wonder what kind of transmission range you can expect with this product combination. Here is a detailed explanation:
- A Bluetooth link between two devices is always bi-directional. The actual range depends on radio performance of the transmitter and the receiver on the both sides.
- The difference between Class I and Class II Bluetooth devices in radio transmitting power is 16dB (Class I – 20dBm, Class II – 4dBm). Consequently, the power transmitted by a Class I device is ~40 times greater than that of a Class II device (10^(16/10)). The distance is a function of the square root of the power, meaning that the distance can be increased by ~6 times (SQR(40)) from 10m for Class II to 60m for Class I.
- In addition, a Class I device has improved receiver sensitivity (by ~4dB), which leads to an increased distance of ~1.5 times. Consequently, typical distance for Class I is 100m vs. 10m for Class II.
- When a Class I device is connected to a Class II headset the expected distance is as follows:
a. From a Class I transmitter to a Class II receiver – up to 60m (see paragraph #2)
b. From a Class II transmitter to Class I receiver – up to 15m (see paragraph #3)
c. For a bi-directional it is ~15m, based on the shortest range of #a and #b.
- HearLink PLUS as a Class I device provides additional improvements because of its dual-antenna design. The major effect is for the receiving part, since transmitting power is limited according to the standard. For communication with a Class II receiver, like our BeHear headsets, the distance is increased significantly because of this improvement. According to experimental data the operational distance for the HearLink PLUS and a BeHear NOW or BeHear ACCESS: up to ~60m (~200ft).
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 not pairing with my laptop computer.
Make sure that the Bluetooth option on your computer is set to “on”. This option is usually found in the “Settings” section, “Bluetooth and Other Devices” sub-section.
On Windows computers you can quickly access the Bluetooth settings from the action center in the system tray.
If you don’t see the Bluetooth icon here it may be an indication that Bluetooth is not active. In this case, go to the computer Settings → Devices and make sure the Bluetooth switch is ON. If it is not, slide it to the right to activate Bluetooth.
What can I do when my HearLink transmitter loses connection with my BeHear headset?
First, verify that you are within Bluetooth range (~10 feet, 3.5 meters for HearLink; ~200 feet, 60 meters for HearLink PLUS).
If that is not the issue, and a long time has passed between uses, or if the smartphone has been playing an audio stream, the headset may not automatically reconnect with the HearLink or HearLink PLUS transmitter when you are within range. In this case, a short press on the headset’s Power button should re-establish the connection with the transmitter.
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.
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