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I have seen references to microphones for associates in noisy places which will send voice to your hearing aids. Can anyone give me some more informaiton, experiences, sources etc on these. Sounds like a great idea.
I have Oticon OPN with a clip on bluetooth device that can be used as an external microphone. I think it's called the Connect Clip (or something close) I've tried it out at home, but never used it. When I go to dinner with my wife, we take a booth and sit side by side.
When it is in the microphone mode, you definitely can hear what the person close is saying. I use it mostly for the phone.
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Monday afternoon I received my Roger Select from my audiologist and used it for the first time tonight in church. Roger sits on the lectern, I turn on the receiver which is on a lanyard around my neck and set my t-coil program on my ha. I could hear clearly even to the extend that I could actually comprehend the Bible lesson and understand all that was said. Most important of all I was sitting with a teen and six year old child. I got up from where I was sitting to get some hand outs from the foyer and I thought they were following me. They were not. I could hear them so clearly and they were still sitting in the pew. When I returned my six year old friend chatted with me and for the first time ever I could hear her and follow her conversation. Later when I retold it to others it made me cry. An experience I hope I will never forget. Phonak Roger Select and I still have a lot to learn to use it but I'm off to a rewarding start.
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@dorothynoz45 I’m so glad to hear that you had such a great experience with the Roger Select. I’m waiting to try one. I tried the Roger Table Mic I really liked it for a meeting but it didn’t work well in a restaurant with too much background noise. The room I used it in had 2 window air conditioners and even with them running I could clearly hear each person speak clearly although only one person spoke at a time. I’m hoping the Roger Select can work in a restaurant.
There are different assistive listening devices that are accessories to your hearing aids that are microphones. Like my Resound hearing aids have a mini mic…. its an accessory the compliments my hearing aids. I have it to use when I am with my husband and want to talk with him in a busy restaurant. He wears it and I talk with him and I can hear him in my hearing aids. His voice registers directly into my hearing aids from the mini mic. Pretty cool. My hearing aids are $6000 and the mic is $200 Very much worth the effort to hear well when I am basically deaf.
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judysmayo Thank you for your quick reply, very encouraging. Reading your post the thought runs through my mind, finally some hope and positive quality assistance. It won't be perfect but tonight was certainly worth it and I am looking forward to more tears of joy in the near future. I am a retired teacher and children are important to me but I lost them when my shaky hearing took a nose dive.
At age 4, secured in a car seat, my granddaughter wore my remote mic and I could hear her in the front seat! She loved it and enjoyed doing tests! Haven’t tried it yet in a less controlled environment.
I’ve been trying the Phonak Roger Select for a couple of weeks. I am extremely pleased with it. I’ve used it at least 6 times in restaurants and have been able to hear those at the table in spite of the high levels of background noise. In a meeting with window air conditioners it totally blocked out that hum and I could hear the speakers perfectly. It’s far superior to my RemoteMic and RogerPen which don’t eliminate background noise but amplify it. The Select links up to the TV and cell phone through Bluetooth and my neck loop.
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I use my connectclip in noisy restaurants, and when on tours I have the guide wear it. Roger pen and it’s other microphones are even better. With Oticon I’d have to use a MyLink neckloop to Connect it to my hearing aid telecoils. Phonak connects to Roger by Bluetooth.
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Glad to read of your success with the Roger Select. I am going to trial it with my audiologist . I was researching it and was not impressed with the Roger Pen…..know someone who is having a lot of trouble with it. Phonak aids have been my choice for many years now. Tried the MyLink and returned it….awful sound quality and picked up too much ambient noise. My Audi lets me trial anything gratis. She’s a blessing.
Regards from FL Mary
What hearing aids do you have? Do you have to use the MyLink neckloop with the Roger Select?
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The technology is growing by leaps. I have Phonak hearing aids and a ComPilot neck loop with RemoteMic. The ComPilot does not work with the Roger products and would need a Roger X Receiver boot that fits on the ComPilot and connects it to the Roger products. Since I do not have the X boot I need to use the MyLink neck loop with my HA in the tcoil program. I've found that with the MyLink the volume shifts depending on how I wear it. Phonak also has a boot that fits on some hearing aids that’ll allow them to connect to Roger products.
My hearing aids are old and I’m waiting for Phonak to develop a BiCros Marvel for my single sided deafness. The current Marvel line will connect with Bluetooth devices without the need for the neck loop (I.e. ComPilot or MyLink). I just read that this fall the Marvel will be RogerDirect-compatible. I'm looking into that because when I buy new hearing aids I want them to work with the latest tech.
Roger Pen is ok for a quiet room with only one person speaking at a time. It can also be worn by the speaker but there needs to be minimal or no background noise because it picks up too much ambient sound.
The Select sounds good when listening to a person speaking at meetings/restaurants but when I use it with the TVLink it sounds different. I’m still trying to figure out if the different sound quality is because of the MyLink or Roger Pen/Select.
imallears… What product (mic, phone or TVLink) were you using the MyLink to connect to?
I have and use both the Connect Clip and the Roger. I find the Connect Clip works better for a single speaker wearing the mic and the Roger has better microphones for detecting multiple speakers. But a noisy restaurant is still a problem with either one.
The Connect Clip is useful for connecting to my computer the hear the audio.
But the best technology for me is the Hearing Loop. That is an induction loop installed in our church which transmits any sound coming from our audio system directly to my hearing aids via the telecom (T-coil).
My bad…it was the ComPilot with the remote mic not the MyInk.
The ComPilot had a tv link which was ok but not necessary for me. I tried the cell phone and meh….also not necessary. It was when I used the remote mic…either clipped to someone or laid on a table that it was a big fail…..just picked up everything. I had my gym instructor wear the mic and went to the back and, while his voice went directly into my aids, I still needed to face him to understand and and also be up closer. My directional setting on my aids worked better (Phonak Nadia UP).
I also have an older Pocket Talker that I use sometimes with my neckloop for musicals but , generally for conversations, the sound is not good anymore. I have earlinks which I don’t think they make anymore that hook over your ears in conjunction
with the TCoil setting. They are great on my landline and plugged into my cell phone. I use the Ear links for GPS on long trips because my car has a lot of road noise. Don’t always understand the voice but having the vocal prompt is helpful.
For reference, my loss is profound…without aids I can only hear close up thuds and slams…those kind of noises.
I’m really just looking for help in noisy situations without relying on my apps which also fail in noisy places and am lucky to be able to trail anything without upfront money which is a blessing.
Just went through a typical Florida thunderstorm and now the sun is out. That’s why I always stuff a baseball hat in my purse…….protect the ears and the hair…of course.
Regards from Sunny for, ow Fl Mary
@imallears Yes I have the same assisted listening device and I agree with you about the RemoteMic… it pics up EVERYTHING. I only used it in areas with no bkg noise. I’m surprised you are able to listen to the TV without the TVLink with your degree of loss. I really need it.
I’ve been researching the Roger Select and MyLink and have found out that Marvel hearing aids are coming out with a new HA that is RogerDirect-compatible and will stream the Roger signal directly to them. There’s also a newer Roger iN Select. I’m on overload with all this info and still researching. I’ll be keeping my audi on their toes! Since I’m looking to buy new aids I’m wanting them all to work together.
My remote mic didn’t work well until I leaned to turn down the hearing aid column to very low so I was hearing only the remote mic. That makes it work for me except for the very noisiest situations. I use an Oticon TV device, not the mic to hear tv better.
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