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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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@sag

@sag I’m new to participate, but have been reading Connect for a while and am so impressed at the help/sharing by so many. I’m going to be evaluated for a CI in several weeks, currently wear HAs. One ear is severe to profound loss and the other is moderate to severe. I want to find out all I can about the accessories that go with HA’s and the pros and cons of CIs to decide whether to stay with HAs or get a CI, if I qualify. The technology is overwhelming. First question is from reply just above in reference to a feature on an iPhone called “listen live”. Is “listen live” a speech to text transmission app for an iPhone and is it available in the App Store? I’ve seen several entries that comment on background noise, but I’d like to at least give it a try. Also @bec just above says “it is beneficial when the person I want to hear is pithing 2 -3 feet from my iPhone”? What does that mean? Thank you.

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@sag, in order for Live Listen to work with your hearing aids, the aids have to be Made For iPhone aids. I don't know all the hearing aid manufacturers that have this capability, but my Resound Linx 3D's do. Live Listen lets you use the microphone on the iPhone as an input to your hearing aids. In other words, you would give your phone to the person you want to hear. They talk into your phone mic and the sound is sent to your hearing aids. I do not know the range, but it is quite far. You would access Live Listen by pressing the Home button on your iPhone 3 times fast. On that screen, is a button that allows you to turn the feature on and off
Tony in Michigan