If you are struggling to hear in complex listening situations is it just about the fact that you need to be fitted for a hearing aid?
Is a hearing aid the only solution to hearing what you want or need to hear?
Hearing Aids today are amazing but they have to cope in lots of different listening environments which is almost impossible to do with most hearing aids. In some situations a hearing aid is not the best solution to your hearing needs or your hearing aid needs additional components.
Some of the situations that are challenging for many include:
- Hearing in noise and over distance such as in a busy workplace or classroom
- TV and multimedia
- Home Phone calls
When it comes to hearing in noise and over distance such as in a noisy workplace or classroom FM devices are often the answer. There are a number of FM devices such as the Roger Pen and Roger EasyPen from Phonak. The Roger Pen is a versatile wireless microphone that reduces loud background noise and transfers the clear sound of the voice you want to hear directly to your hearing aid. The Roger Clip-On Mic, also from Phonak, is a discreet shirt-worn wireless microphone that is worn by your partner for one-to-one communication in loud noise and over distance. Phonak RemoteMic is used together with a Phonak streamer to understand a speaker over distance. It is attached to your conversation partner`s clothing and transmits their voice to your hearing aids.
In TV and Multimedia situations the Roger Pen and Roger Clip-On Mic can also use but my product of choice is the TVLink. The Phonak ComPilot and Phonak ComPilot Air are alternative solutions. The Phonak TVLink turns your Phonak hearing aids into a wireless TV headset with stereo sound quality. The Phonak ComPilot allows you to attach a receiver to use Roger Microphones or to connect a audio plug for direct audio input. The ComPilot Air is a small and stylish streamer that offers excellent stereo sound quality while connecting Phone hearing aids via Bluetooth to a variety of audio sources.
My favourite piece of technology for Home Phone calls is the Phonak DECT phone. I first heard about this phone at the World Congress 2014 in Brisbane where many of the audiologists I respect from overseas were raving about it. I was so impressed that I bought 2, one for myself and one for my parents and wrote a blog about it earlier.
Other devices that can help when it comes to making and receiving phone calls include the Roger Pen, Phonak ComPilot, Phonak ComPilot Air and the Phonak Easy Call. The Roger Pen and Com Pilot products are mentioned above. The Phonak Easy Call connects any Phonak wireless hearing aid wirelessly to your cell phone. It is permanently attached and connected to the phone and streams the conversation directly to both hearing aids.
So as you can see there is a big world of gadgets out there that I am happy to discuss with you. Getting good advice on what will suit your hearing needs is only a phone call away.
I would love to chat to you so give me a call today.
Off now to play with some more Audiology toys as Audiologists love technology.
All information is provided in the interests of Hearing Health education and is of a general nature. In all cases you should consult your doctor or other allied health professional for advice regarding your individual circumstances.