Hand held microphones that can be used with hearing aids

Posted by Julie, Volunteer Mentor @julieo4, Aug 1, 2020

I'm curious to know if any hearing aid and cochlear implant users use streamers, FM systems or Bluetooth microphones in noisy settings? There's lots of talk about speech to text apps on cell phones. They work well but sometimes it's hard to read on a device when talking to someone in person. I've found the BT mini mic very helpful. Prior to having personal hearing devices with BT capability I often used an FM transmitter/receiver microphone the same way. I used it with students when I was a teacher, and also used it with adult clients when I did social work. It made it possible for me to stay in the workplace. I'd like to hear your experiences with this technology.

Reply by @lizzy102 on Tue, Aug 4 Love your story, Lizzie.

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@imallears

@julieo4
You are right about the batteries and volume control…that it is not necessary. Last think I need is another device with batteries lol.

FL Mary

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Can I use this mike to "SEE" for me? To read the labels on say vitamin or medicine vials, etc? This is for my poor eyesight. Please, Peach

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@tonyinmi

@barbb, this discussion is applicable to CI's too. Telecoils and programming are considerations for both.
Tony in Michigan

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What is a CI? Peach

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@barbb

@peach414144 It is a cochlear implant

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Thank you but can I use the hand held microphone to read what is on the medical bottles for my low vision eyes? I do have a hearing loss with my left ear. I really need this help. Who should I see, an Ear, Nose and throat doctor? When I did he sent me to a dentist who said he cannot help me.

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@julieo4

Hi FL Mary, I use the mini mic and the mini mic 2+ with my N6 Cochlear implant. It does not work with my Widex hearing aid, which is frustrating. Frustrating to have to have a specific brand of HA with a CI to use the accessories. If I had a ReSound HA it would work bilaterally. Long story short. I tried ReSound and did not get the same results I have with the Widex in regular use, so chose to stay with Widex. I will probably switch to ReSound next time around. Prior to using the Mini MIcs, I used the Phonak MicroLink. I absolutely loved that device. I wore out 3 of them! That was prior to having the CI. I was teaching then, and used it with students in physical education classes. The kids were great about using it and knew if I wanted to know what they were saying they had to. Heaven only knows what they were saying without using it! Prior to that I used a Phonak direct audio input hand held mike. It looked like a black cigarette, so people kind of laughed at that. However, that DIA device is what sold me on using a microphone. Funny story…(now). When I started using that DIA mike, which had a long cord that plugged into my HA, I was in a large social setting with casual acquaintances. We, ladies, were standing in a circle talking and I was participating in the conversation. One of the women called me aside to ask what I was using. I explained. Her comment "That's interesting, I never thought you were smart." My response was "Now you know.". I wasn't insulted, but she was embarrassed after saying that. In reality, it gave me the courage to keep using it and letting it show. Back to that earlier statement…when we appear to be helping ourselves, other people are more likely to help us.

Back to hand held mics. The Roger Pen is high quality and expensive, (over $1000), but it works when used correctly. I have one, but rarely use it. Like Tony, I need a streamer to use it. Just don't find it practical. It's good quality is that it can be used with telecoils in any brand of hearing aids or CIs with the streamer. The Pocketalker, which is around $200, works well. The newer model is superior to the older ones. They have been around for a long time. The new one includes a telecoil so people who don't use telecoils equipped HAs can use it with earphones. It's an excellent 'test' device for someone who needs hearing help but doesn't have HAs. There are other brands. Problem is, for the most part you have to buy it to try it, which is grossly unfair. Look for an assistive device demo center to see if they loan items like this out. Our HLAA Chapter has a loan project with several of the devices.

My N6 has a port for direct audio input and I still have a plug in model with a cord to use in a pinch. It works, but the cord is cumbersome. The hand held w/o cord came out after the corded mike. It seems that the manufacture suddenly realized that people do want to hear in noisy settings.

FL Mary, let us know what you decide to try.

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Hello: I would use any device that could read to me what is on my medical prescription containers to help me with my low vision. I think this is medically necessary and life saving. And, I can continue to be independent. I love and thank all of you wonderful people for this delightful information. ( I do have some loss of hearing in one of my ears.) I hope I understand this properly. Will continue to watch with a large font. Peach

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@peach414144

Thank you but can I use the hand held microphone to read what is on the medical bottles for my low vision eyes? I do have a hearing loss with my left ear. I really need this help. Who should I see, an Ear, Nose and throat doctor? When I did he sent me to a dentist who said he cannot help me.

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Do you have an independent living center in your area? They serve people with all disabilities. Our ILC in Green Bay Wisconsin has a wonderful array of assistive technology for all people. Our center also has a loan center, so you can try out different devices. We had a very interesting program at our HLAA meeting a year ago. The presenter shared many devices for low vision, hearing loss, mobility, etc. Many people with multiple disabilities need support. I don't know of a mini mic that can read information, but that doesn't mean that there isn't something that will.

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@peach414144

Hello: I would use any device that could read to me what is on my medical prescription containers to help me with my low vision. I think this is medically necessary and life saving. And, I can continue to be independent. I love and thank all of you wonderful people for this delightful information. ( I do have some loss of hearing in one of my ears.) I hope I understand this properly. Will continue to watch with a large font. Peach

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@peach414144 Hi peach a friend here has low vision and we have a company that works with people who have low vision supplying them with whatever they need like darker sunglasses and a talkable thermomater . I think you should talk with your opthamalogist for here assisstance

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@lioness

@peach414144 Hi peach a friend here has low vision and we have a company that works with people who have low vision supplying them with whatever they need like darker sunglasses and a talkable thermomater . I think you should talk with your opthamalogist for here assisstance

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Thank you Lioness but here in Ocala, Florida there is no literature, paraphanalia or anything in the different opthamalogist offices. When one asks for this it is ignored. There is no guidance. They know nothing of referring to a blind school private or government run. No one does not know how to put this together or will not be bothered to do this, No literature in the offices for the blind or the deaf. ( I have mentioned this a few times.) why? Please, am not looking to make any kind of trouble here but some one straighten me out.

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@peach414144

Thank you Lioness but here in Ocala, Florida there is no literature, paraphanalia or anything in the different opthamalogist offices. When one asks for this it is ignored. There is no guidance. They know nothing of referring to a blind school private or government run. No one does not know how to put this together or will not be bothered to do this, No literature in the offices for the blind or the deaf. ( I have mentioned this a few times.) why? Please, am not looking to make any kind of trouble here but some one straighten me out.

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Will you please send me he name of the company you use please. Thank you, Peach.

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@peach414144

Thank you Lioness but here in Ocala, Florida there is no literature, paraphanalia or anything in the different opthamalogist offices. When one asks for this it is ignored. There is no guidance. They know nothing of referring to a blind school private or government run. No one does not know how to put this together or will not be bothered to do this, No literature in the offices for the blind or the deaf. ( I have mentioned this a few times.) why? Please, am not looking to make any kind of trouble here but some one straighten me out.

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@peach414144
Hello,
IN OCALA THERE IS THE FLORIDA CENTER FOR THE BLIND 352-873-4700 WHO HAVE SERVICES AND INFORMATION FOR LOW VISION . I DON’T KNOW WHERE IN OCALA YOU ARE BUT ST LUKES CATARACT AND LASER CLINIC TREATS BOTH EYE PROBLEMS AND HAS HEARING SERVICES WHERE THEY CAN TEST YOUR HEARING AND PRESCRIBE AIDS IF NECESSARY. MY OPHTHALMOLOGIST IS AT ST LUKES NEAR ME. I THINK IT WOULD BE A 45 MINUTE DRIVE FROM THE CITY OF OCALA.

THERE ARE NUMEROUS HAND HELD MAGNIFIERS OR ONES THAT YOU CAN WEAR AROUND YOUR NECK OR FOLD UP TO PUT IN YOUR POCKET. YOU CAN SEE SOME ON AMAZON. THERE ARE ALSO COMPUTER PROGRAMS THAT WILL ENHANCE THE SIZE OF YOUR SCREEN AND DEVICES THAT CAN BE HOOKED UP TO THE TV. YOU MAY NEED SOMEONE TO DO THE RESEARCH FOR YOU BUT THE FLORIDA CENTER FOR THE BLIND MAY BE A GOOD PLACE TO START.

IF THERE ARE NO DISCUSSIONS ON LOW VISION ON THIS MAYO FORUM , MAY I SUGGEST THAT YOU START ONE BY SIMPLY ASKING…DOES ANYONE HAVE LOW VISION? OUR WONDERFUL MENTORS CAN GUIDE YOU ON HOW TO DO THAT.

FL MARY…..West Coast

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@imallers Glad you could give peach that information We have one in Calif as my eyes are going that way ,those centers do help

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