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.

@bec

when i use the "listen live" feature on my iPhone, i also get a lot of environmental noise. it doesn't have any type of noise filtration. it is beneficial when the person i want to hear is pithing 2-3 feet of my iPhone.

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@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

@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

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My hearing aids are Oticon Opn MiniRITE. They do not have a telecoil and are not made for iPhone aids. However I have an Oticon On app on my iPhone 7 which puts the caller's voice directly into my hearing aids and it works very well. The app must've been updated since the last time I looked at it. Maybe it has some other functions now. I need to read about it. Thanks, Tony

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@sag

My hearing aids are Oticon Opn MiniRITE. They do not have a telecoil and are not made for iPhone aids. However I have an Oticon On app on my iPhone 7 which puts the caller's voice directly into my hearing aids and it works very well. The app must've been updated since the last time I looked at it. Maybe it has some other functions now. I need to read about it. Thanks, Tony

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I thank you for this but when you cannot see the app it will not work. I do thank you again, Peach

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@imallears

@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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Dear Imallears, Thank you for your caring. I have been there.

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@tonyinmi

@peach414144, In case you are not aware, If you have a smartphone, you can use the accessibility features to magnify what you see in the camera app.
Tony in Michigan

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Sorry, but with the low vision I cannot use a smart phone.

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