Wireless technology can be used to control hearing instruments or to relay a signal from another device to hearing instruments.
Cellphone Applications and Remote Controls – Although many modern hearing instruments do not require the user to adjust the settings on the hearing instruments, many models can be controlled through the use of an application from a cellphone. Alternatively a small remote control can be used. In both cases this allows the user to control the instruments in an easy and discrete manner.
Bluetooth Technology – Bluetooth Technology allows sound to be streamed from cellphones, tablets, TV’s and remote microphones to hearing instruments. This makes it easier to hear sound from a distance and in less than ideal listening environments.
FM Systems and Remote Microphones – Many children with hearing loss struggle to hear in a classroom environment. Some children with normal hearing who has ADHD, an auditory processing disorder or are easily distracted by auditory stimuli also struggle to function optimally in a typical classroom.
This is often due to the presence of background noise, poor classroom acoustics and the fact that sound gets softer with distance (as the teacher moves around and away from the child in the classroom).
An FM system or remote microphone may help to alleviate this problem. Depending on the specific needs personal FM systems (for use by an individual) or sound field systems (for use by more than one person, e.g. all the children in a classroom) could be used
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