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6 days ago · Live Transcribe Problem in Hearing Loss

livingat45north, the link isn't working for me.

Sun, Mar 1 4:54am · Microphones for friends in noisy spaces in Hearing Loss

Gulzar, I think you may be referring to a function called Live Listen. I have an iPhone with Resound hearing aids. Live Listen lets me use my iPhone as a remote mic. I can give my phone to someone and that persons voice is streamed directly into my aids. I did not like it since it amplified all the restaurant background noise. Maybe if I put my aids in restaurant mode first, it would have helped???
Tony in Michigan

Tue, Feb 25 5:27am · Resound or Oticon? in Hearing Loss

joyces, you ask how t-coils work with the TV. To get the TV to work with the telecoil, you need to connect your TV to a loop system. This means that you would need to run a wire around the area where you want to listen to the TV. The wire could be hidden in the baseboards or under carpet. Some people run a wire in the ceiling of the room below where the TV is at. It's not something that most people want to bother with. A loop amplifier would also be needed to connect the wire to the TV. Keep in mind that the closer we are to the TV speaker, the better we will understand. The telecoil brings the sound directly to the hearing aid. There are better ways to get the TV sound directly into your ears, but it depends on your hearing aids. For older aids that do not have Bluetooth, you would need a TV transmitter specific to your brand of hearing aids. Newer aids have Bluetooth capablility so you connect your TV to a Bluetooth transmitter. The signal would come directly to your ears. If your aids do not have Bluetooth, you can still connect your TV to a Bluetooth transmitter, but you would need a Bluetooth receiver. You still need to get the sound from the Bluetooth receiver to your ears. Bluetooth receivers may come with a headphone or a neckloop (or both). So, if your aids have telecoils, you would use a neckloop. This way, you don't have to remove your hearing aids PLUS you're taking advantage of the programming inside of the hearing aids. Without a telecoil, you would have to connect the Bluetooth receiver to headphones. You would probably have to remove your hearing aids to prevent the feedback that could occur with trying to use headphones with hearing aids.
Tony in Michigan

Wed, Feb 19 10:24am · Hearing Aid Locator in Hearing Loss

joyces, the regular price for the Pocketalker is $139 but you can find it new for much less on eBay. You may not even have to play the bidding war to get it for a lot less. The microphone on the Pocketalker can be extended so if you get an extension cord for the mic, get one that is a mono (as opposed to stereo) connector. With the extended microphone, it will allow you to place it near the TV speaker. A wireless solution is better since you won't have to step over the cord. The Pocketalker is an older product but works very well. One other thing that I will mention is that if the included headphones ever need to be replaced, make sure you get a mono headphone, otherwise you will not hear from both right and left. If you do buy stereo headphones, make sure you also buy a stereo to mono adapter so that sound comes from both right and left.
Tony in Michigan

Tue, Feb 18 10:28am · Hearing Aid Locator in Hearing Loss

grecarmar, it's a shame that the aids come up missing. The staff should be trained to make sure that doesn't happen, especially for the section that she is in. To answer your question, yes, some aids have a feature that can tell you the last location that the hearing aids were at. It requires hearing aids to be Bluetooth and a smartphone app. However, you may find that any smartphone left with her would disappear too. The average cost for a pair of hearing aids is $4700. Perhaps a better solution is to get mom a personal amplifier. I like the Williams Sound Pocketalker. You can find them new on eBay for around $50 (at least it was the last time I looked).
Tony in Michigan

Mon, Feb 17 12:26pm · Resound or Oticon? in Hearing Loss

Cherriann, the answer is yes, you can get equally good aids for less MONEY. It may come at the cost of better service. The Costco aids are made by Phonak. Certain features, such as a telecoil, may not be an option though. Also, Costco employs mostly Hearing Instrument Specialists (HIS). There are good ones out there, but they will not have the training that an AuD has. Depending on your loss, you may not even need a high end aid. We will see Over the Counter (OTC) aids in all the major drug stores soon. One of those products may be sufficient. Much depends on how severe of a loss you have and what types of features you desire.
Tony in Michigan

Fri, Jan 17 6:25pm · Hearing Loss: Come introduce yourself and connect with others in Hearing Loss

@katyrae83 This is interesting. I hope you can find an ENT or Otologist that can get to the bottom of your daughter's problem. I do not have knowledge on her condition but have to question the effectiveness of a cochlear implant, especially if the problem is neurological. Please keep us updated on her treatment.
Tony in Michigan

Fri, Jan 17 6:16pm · Hearing Loss: Come introduce yourself and connect with others in Hearing Loss

@mari There are a lot of ways to advocate. To advocate for ourselves, request Hearing Assistive Technology (HAT) when you go to a venue. If the venue has something, use it and thank them for it. If they do not have HAT, offer suggestions on what is available and where they can "hear" it in action. Another thing would be to share your experiences. For a person that is new to hearing loss, there is so much to learn. To help on a larger scale, attend your state legislators coffees or town halls, if they have them. Even if they don't do outreach, contact them with the issues that affect you, as a person with hearing loss. If you get more personal with them, they may even contact you when a bill comes up that relates to hearing loss. The more you get involved with the players in the hearing loss world, the easier it is to try to stay on top of what's happening. I suggest you join Hearing Loss Association of America (www.hearingloss.org). That organization approaches Congress and are only as strong as the number of its members. They are more effective if they can say they represent ALL the 48 million in this country with hearing loss but they can only say they represent the numbers that are their members.
I'm sure there are other ways to advocate so others may chime in with some good ideas.
Tony in Michigan