Bluetooth vs hearing aid

Posted by kem @kem, Mar 8 1:35pm

I have Resound and have used Plantronics previously. With both hearing aids, I can hear more clearly on the iPhone with a plantronics bluetooth. I have tried every option that the audiologiist suggested. Would an Oticon work any better? What is the technology that makes the plantronics transmission better? I also used my hearing aids with a landline but simply give up and call them back on my iPhone with plantronics instead.

Toni, thank you! I’ll look them over. It seems that the magnet mentioned in the Resound book should also help with the issue but the AUD did not mention them. Or is the magnet for something else?

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@julieo4

Whomever sold you the hearing aids would be able to tell you if you have telecoils. The fitter has to activate them as they are not automatically activated. Far too many fitters don't bother to do that, or to even tell people about them. Nine states now have legislation that requires this disclosure by people who sell hearing aids. Others are working on it. It's a shame that people with hearing loss have to depend on each other to advocate for such.

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Julie, thank you! Yes, that is frustrating about the telecoils. Especially that the legislature had to get involved. I sent an email to my AUD.

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@kem

I don’t know if I have telecoil the description is linx 3D 9, lt962, drw I also do not have any phone magnets. Perhaps I should have them for the landline.

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Always get the telecoil. I know of no reason not to and a whole bunch of reasons to get it.

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@kem

Julie, thank you! Yes, that is frustrating about the telecoils. Especially that the legislature had to get involved. I sent an email to my AUD.

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Please let us know what you find out from your AUD. It would be a real shame if your hearing aids did not have telecoils. Some don't.

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The audiologist reply “your telecoil is not activated that is a separate program. You have what is called an acoustic phone program right now.”

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@kem

The audiologist reply “your telecoil is not activated that is a separate program. You have what is called an acoustic phone program right now.”

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This is so frustrating. The telecoil can be used to connect to many audio devices. Why on earth they don't activate it is a mystery. The reason they will give is "It's old technology". The real reason: It doesn't add profit to the product like BlueTooth does. BT is great, but it does not replace the telecoil.

Look at it this way. You walk into a performing arts center, church, or other venue that has an installed hearing loop. All you do is turn the telecoil on to connect. With BT, FM or Infrared, you need to ask for a receiver and either use its headphones or a personal connecting device like a neckloop to plug into that receiver. So much easier to just flick the switch on the hearing aid and use the telecoil. It's like having binoculars for the ears. Read about telecoils and loops at http://www.hearingloop.org Also, it's very easy to install a loop system in your own home for watching TV. It works on the phone; cell or landline.

If more people with hearing loss would get involved in advocating for communication access, we'd have accommodations galore.

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@julieo4

This is so frustrating. The telecoil can be used to connect to many audio devices. Why on earth they don't activate it is a mystery. The reason they will give is "It's old technology". The real reason: It doesn't add profit to the product like BlueTooth does. BT is great, but it does not replace the telecoil.

Look at it this way. You walk into a performing arts center, church, or other venue that has an installed hearing loop. All you do is turn the telecoil on to connect. With BT, FM or Infrared, you need to ask for a receiver and either use its headphones or a personal connecting device like a neckloop to plug into that receiver. So much easier to just flick the switch on the hearing aid and use the telecoil. It's like having binoculars for the ears. Read about telecoils and loops at http://www.hearingloop.org Also, it's very easy to install a loop system in your own home for watching TV. It works on the phone; cell or landline.

If more people with hearing loss would get involved in advocating for communication access, we'd have accommodations galore.

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Are you saying that if a telecoil were activated in my hearing aid, I would be able to hear better on a landline?

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@kem

Are you saying that if a telecoil were activated in my hearing aid, I would be able to hear better on a landline?

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Yes. If the landline is hearing aid compatible. Most are.

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