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Hearing Aids with Wireless Connectivity

My last two posts were about neckloops and hearing aids with wireless connectivity.  Below is a list of some hearing aid manufacturers that make their own accessories to help you connect with your cell phone, TV, and other sound sources.  They are not all neckloops, as some can go in your pocket or clip onto your shirt.

I can’t think of any accessory more useful than a wireless microphone; however, the one I tried was terrible!  I wear Oticon hearing aids so I tried the Oticon ConnectLine Microphone that works with the Streamer. There was an echo, a delay, and the sound was unclear.  Resound and Phonak have similar devices – the ReSound Mini Microphone and the Phonak RemoteMic.  I have not tried them, but would love to hear from anyone who has.  The Resound Mini Microphone transmits sound directly into the hearing aids without an intermediary device!!  The Phonak RemoteMic works with the ComPilot.   These wireless microphones seem like the ideal solution to talking one-on-one in a noisy restaurant.  I’m anxiously waiting for one to be developed that will work with ANY type hearing aid.

If you have had any experience with these wireless microphones, please share your experiences – good or bad!  Thanks!

Manufacturers with Wireless Accessories
Click on the links below to read more about each one.

Oticon Streamer and ConnectLine

Phonak ComPilot

Siemens mini Tek & Tek

 Starkey Surflink

 ReSound Unite

Widex Dex

Unitron uDirect

Rexton Mini Blu RCU

Kirkland Signature Premium Mini Blu RCU or Blu RCU

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2 Responses

  1. Relatively universal systems have existed for many years, but are mainly used in the educational market. Of course the aid itself has to have some form of universal connectivity (e.g. T setting, or direct audio input). They are not particularly private and there is a limited number of channels. Google “fm radio aids” for more information.

    Bluetooth based systems, like Connectline, intrinsically have a delay. Commodity bluetooth solutions would have a much longer delay than Connectline, because Connectline makes some compromises and uses a non-standard audio format, to reduce the delay.

  2. […] clip-on microphones, TV streamers, and more.  I described these in a previous post, “Hearing Aids with Wireless Connectivity.”  The advantage of these devices is that they work seamlessly with your hearing aids […]

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