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3 days ago · Hand held microphones that can be used with hearing aids in Hearing Loss

@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

4 days ago · Hand held microphones that can be used with hearing aids in Hearing Loss

@julieo4
Hi,
The micro link is in the hearing aid museum! I looked to see if Ebay had one but no. I ordered the Williams neckloop which is what I had for so long.
I did find my earlinks online but it got panned review wise so maybe the quality is not as good as the ones I have.

I really don’t know which mics would work best with what I have…so many are proprietary. I will still look but maybe wait until I see my Audi again and revisit different brands. That’s where we were before Covid came on the scene. She has let me try several brands with no upfront charge and is very interested in and knowledgeable about ALDs. And yes…I joined HLAA back when it was SSSH. Learned and absorbed so much from them.

Stay safe and don’t touch your face or your ears lol.

FL Mary

4 days ago · Hand held microphones that can be used with hearing aids in Hearing Loss

@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

4 days ago · Hand held microphones that can be used with hearing aids in Hearing Loss

@julieo4
Wow, a lot of info and thanks so much. I am going to check out the phonak microlink and research the mini mics so I may have to come back to you with a question. For now I will look at a new loop as I have to be careful with these earlinks, which I don't think are made anymore. I don't even remember how old they are . I like to keep them at home attached to my Captel.

That woman's comment is such a typical one. Some people assume you are not smart because you don't always get things right away. I have had similar comments made to me over the years which is why I developed such a pro active assertive stance towards people regarding my hearing. Maybe our puzzled expressions add to their misconception so I am always careful to look intelligent and not too confused. We assume everyone knows about hearing loss but that isn't true. I remember when my father was on life support and the female doctor was addressing all her comments to my then husband. I told her in no uncertain terms to address them to me even if I needed to ask her to repeat. I think that may have been the beginning of my new approach to people.

Thanks again,
FL Mary

4 days ago · Hand held microphones that can be used with hearing aids in Hearing Loss

@tonyinmi
Hi
I had an additional TCoil plus mic setting but didn’t like it so had that disabled. But that’s a thought…have her play around with another T setting while I use Netflix on my phone. I left my neck loop in the hot car for several months so now it is kaput. I have had it for many years. Then I remembered I gave my pocket talker away. So I will order another neckloop because my ear links are fragile and remember not to leave the loop in the car.
Do you have a brand neckloop you like? Got the broken one from Williams Sound.

On another journey here and have to get back to the Audi…she only returned to the office in August and is probably besieged at this point. Meanwhile waiting to hear about mini mics and will research them.

Thanks again

FL Mary

4 days ago · Hand held microphones that can be used with hearing aids in Hearing Loss

@tonyinmi
Hi,
Yes I did use the neck loop with the Pocket Talker and did not like the sound. I love my TCoil setting as I use it in a looped area and for the car GPS and occasionally for my phone.

I can use in on my Captel landline but I have ear links plugged in that are fine for that . So I would not change the TCoil setting at this point and we have played with that at my Audis office. I trialed the ComPilot with the clip on mics last year and hated that. I did not use a neck loop with that. I don’t think I was aware that you could do so. However I found the ComPilot excellent with TV but still need captions so I don’t see the point of using it just for that. My normal bag is small and I would have to tote around too much stuff in a larger bag and I don’t want to do that.

But hey, please chime in anytime if you have other suggestions that might help me. I use Innocaption and have used the ear links on the TCoil setting but don’t find it that helpful as I still need to see people’s lips. Also, when I swipe answer a call, I’m not “hooked up”. I hear the voice on Innocaption which helps as I am reading.

I’m looking for something wireless now for group conversations that does not require anyone wearing a mic so a handheld mini mic sounds good to me. Most of the android apps require headphones or earbuds. I’m going to browse the play store again to see if there are any that do not. I’ll dig out the pocket talker again and try it with the neck loop again. I like to play around with these things . Before the pandemic I was talking to my Audi about a different brand aid with smartphone apps so I will revisit that again.

Thanks for chiming in !

FL Mary

4 days ago · Hand held microphones that can be used with hearing aids in Hearing Loss

@julieo4
Hi,

What’s the name of your mini mic.? I have used the Pocket talker in the past but no longer like the sound and it is too much to carry around. I have Phonak aids and tried their accessories and the experience was awful as it picked up too much environmental noise and did little to enhance speech recognition.
I did not try the Roger accessories after listening to some personal experiences from people I know.

I have an Android and rely on Live Transcribe and the Otter App (free version). I would not mind using a wireless mini mic so would be interested in knowing what you use. And , like you said when people responded to your use of the mini mic, most people think my apps are so cool too.

FL Mary

4 days ago · Minally invasive bunion surgery in Bones, Joints & Muscles

@mariajean03
Hi,

My mom had bunion surgery in the 1960s and it never seemed to bother her. I have a bunion…big toe on my left foot. I worked for orthopedic surgeons for 18 years. I never had and continue to not have any pain. My bunion doctor at the practice where I worked said he couldn’t guarantee that I would not have pain afterwards. So he did not want to operate. For me it was cosmetic reasons only. I have some dress heels but can’t wear them for more than a few hours without discomfort.

I have often considered having the surgery because I would like to wear sandals that don’t look like orthopedic sandals and something besides flats. Even a slightly raised heel will be uncomfortable after a while. But I am 79 , an active walker and gym rat and I don’t want to give up that lifestyle. I also have a collection of pretty flats so, at this stage of the game, I will not have it done. I also don’t have any pain.

However, if I was 20 years younger, I would take the plunge. You might make your decision based on your age and lifestyle and if walking is painful and also if you can afford to be limited in your activities for a couple of months.

Not an easy decision. I am interested in knowing if you will have surgery and, if you do, if you would share your recovery process with us.

Good luck
FL Mary