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Get Looped – Part II

silhouette, silhouette, silhouette…..

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In my last post, I discussed neckloops and posted a picture of the device above.  It is called a “silhouette” or “ear hook” or “silhouette ear hook”.  It works just like an inductive neckloop, but instead of going around your neck, the hooks tuck behind your ears – behind your hearing aid or cochlear implant processor.  Because they are so close to your hearing aids, they produce a louder sound than most neckloops.  They come in single or dual models and some have a built-in microphone and can be used with a telephone.  Others are purely for listening.

In addition to the neckloops I described previously, there are also some hearing aid manufacturers that make their own proprietary neckloops.  These are purchased from and programmed by an audiologist or hearing aid specialist and will only work with your hearing aids.  The advantage of these types of neckloops is that they work seamlessly with your hearing aids.  You do not have to first turn your t-coils on to use them.  Most are Bluetooth but also have an audio input jack to connect with MP3 players, personal amplifiers, FM receivers, computers, etc.  Some have their own Bluetooth transmitters for the TV or land-line telephones.  Some neckloops come with a wireless microphone that can be clipped onto the shirt of the person you are talking to.  (Unfortunately, the one I tried didn’t work well at all………but maybe someday!)

Below are two Bluetooth neckloops.  When a phone call comes in you simply push a button to answer it and the sound is sent into your hearing aids.

Phonak ComPilot

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Oticon Streamer

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There are many hearing aid manufacturers that now have similar accessories.  The advantage of this “wireless connectivity” is that the devices are easy to use and they improve listening in many situations.  Unfortunately, many audiologists and hearing instrument specialists are telling their clients that they don’t need t-coils because the hearing aids have wireless connectivity.  It doesn’t matter how many gadgets are available with your hearing aids, NONE of them will work in a room with a hearing loop!  You must have manual t-coils to take advantage of hearing loops.

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  1. […] 1.  My previous blog posts: “T-coil? What’s a T-coil?” “Get Looped” “Get Looped – Part II” “What is a Neckloop?” “Wireless Microphones for Hearing […]

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