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Tue, Mar 17 12:31pm · Communicating effectively with the hearing world. in Hearing Loss

To turn on the Connect Clip it requires a "long push" (3 – 4sec.) of the main button. To activate the mic it requires another "long push". I think that is where "Banshee" got the 7 second delay. Once the Connect Clip is on then activating the mic, whether by a remote, phone app, or hearing aid buttons is almost instantaneous In my case the quickest way is to use my phone app.

Tue, Mar 17 8:20am · Communicating effectively with the hearing world. in Hearing Loss

Banshee, if your Connect Clip is "on" all you have to do is switch your hearing aid program to "connect clip" program and the mic will be live instantly. But you are correct, to turn the connect clip to on with the connect clip buttons it takes too long.

Tue, Mar 3 2:46pm · What to ask at my audiologist appointment? in Hearing Loss

High frequency hearing loss causes loss of clarity especially in the soft sounding letters. Same thing you said above but stated differently. Sometimes audiologists can program hearing aids to convert a frequency that you can't hear to a frequency that you can hear to improve speech understanding. I"m told that works for about half of patients. I wasn't one of them. I'm not aware of any aural rehab that can teach speech understanding. I have struggled with the same problem you have since about 1970. I can't understand words in songs, can't understand whispering, can't understand loud speakers in depots or drive-up windows, and of course any speech in noisy places. But I can hear noise real well even without my hearing aids. I'd love to give you an answer to your hearing problem, but I have not found one 50 years. But keep trying – all patients are different and respond differently to different treatments. Keep working with your audiologist. Give the audi all the help you can. They can only adjust for what you tell them. Keep notes between appointments. Read up on hearing loss (like you've been doing. Doctors like a well informed patient. It makes their job easier.

Mon, Mar 2 6:58am · What to ask at my audiologist appointment? in Hearing Loss

They were larger receivers. They are more powerful and deliver more AND higher Hz sound. They required more occlusive ear moulds. My hearing aids are fairly new and capable of handling the larger receivers. They help my speech understanding but it remains lousy. The first thing I noticed when I left the audiologist office is that there are "beeping" signals at traffic light intersections to signal blind pedestrians. You just never know what you're not hearing.

Sun, Mar 1 11:39am · What to ask at my audiologist appointment? in Hearing Loss

I, too, have good hearing at low frequency but a profound loss above 1,500 hz. That is a difficult situation to treat. From my personal experience you may have difficulty getting good results on your first try. It takes your brain a long time to figure out what the sounds provided to your ears by your hearing aids mean because your brain hasn't heard that sound for a long time. For 20+ years and 5 different hearing aids I could hear some birds and crickets but they did little to improve my speech understanding. Only recently, with a change to the receivers in my hearing aids have I had a significant improvement.

Again, good luck and stick with it.

Sun, Mar 1 6:52am · What to ask at my audiologist appointment? in Hearing Loss

Lots of information in here. https://www.hearingloss.org/hearing-help/technology/hearing-aids/
Print this sheet and take it with you to your audiologist https://www.hearingloss.org/wp-content/uploads/HLAA_Purchasing_HearingAid_Checklist.pdf?pdf=Checklist

Take notes. Ask lots of questions. Take notes on the answers. There is a steep learning curve. But it is important to get it right. Hearing aids perform differently and have different features. I wouldn't feel bad at all if I was unable to make a decision on my first visit to the audiologist. Most audiologists will appreciate your interest and asking good questions. They want you to have success. Sure, audiologists have experience fitting patients and they generally know what they have had success with BUT they don't have your hearing or life style. Good luck and may you have great success.

Fri, Feb 28 2:08pm · Do you know about Telecoils & Hearing Loops in Public Spaces? in Hearing Loss

Hi Joyce, First of all, the information sent you above explains that t-coils receive signal from an induction loop (hearing loop). Those loops can be in several forms. One is a room, or area, loop. That will pick up sound from an audio input like a microphone, TV, or movie and transmit that sound through a loop driver to the loop itself. If you are in the loop you can hear the sound IF your t-coils are activated and switched on by you. The second form of a hearing loop is the "counter top" type designed to allow you to hear a clerk or teller at a service window. The clerks voice is picked up by a mic and transmitted to a small wire loop. That loop may be in the mat your are standing on or otherwise concealed. Again your t-coil must be switched on for you to hear. Then there are some "neck loops" worn by a user that receive a bluetooth signal and transmit that signal to your t-coil by induction loop. And to make things even more confusing there are some products advertised as "neck loops" that are really a microphone worn around your neck which transmits to your hearing aids by bluetooth. These kind are NOT an induction loop. If you can't hear the hearing loop signal your t-coil may not have been activated by your audiologist. You should have a program labeled as "t-coil.

Then for your phone to work in you office you need to be connected to your office modem through a router which is a bluetooth connection. Your phone must be paired to the router which is usually password protected. Someone in you office should be able to help you.

Mon, Jan 13 11:06am · Hospital hearing aid battery policy in Hearing Loss

I assume you mean for the zinc/air batteries. Theoretically – yes. Actually – it depends.