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Julie, Volunteer Mentor (@julieo4)

Hand held microphones that can be used with hearing aids

Hearing Loss | Last Active: Aug 29, 2020 | Replies (42)

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Using a hand held microphone, streamer, etc. is visible. How do we feel about that? Personally, I've found that when it appears I'm helping myself, other people are more willing to help me. Frequently when using a hand held mike in a restaurant, young wait staff will ask what it is. That gives me the opportunity to say that it helps me hear them, etc. Most times the response is "That's really cool! I'm going to tell my mom, dad or grandparents about that." Our hearing loss may be invisible, but some of the best help to keep us in the hearing mainstream means letting it show!

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The visibility of my ComPilot, MiniMike and CI have given me uncountable opportunities to educate folks about hearing loss and systems that help (not cure). Once a 20-something at my local natural foods store said, “What is that?” Pointing to my ComPilot. I answered, “I use it to change loudness in my hearing aids and my iPhone bluetooths to my HAs. So I listen to music and stuff, right to my HAs.” Mouth hanging open he replied, “That is so cool, I can’t wait to get old!” We both laughed so hard!