Personal Inductive Listening
Headphones do not work well with hearing aids but hearing aid users can use their hearing aid 'T' pickup coil by using a personal inductive listening device.
Connevans offer three types of personal inductive listening devices. Mono inductive neck loops, stereo inductive silhouette earhooks and stereo inductive silent headphones. All three types are used with any equipment which provides a suitable output for driving personal stereo headphones, they simply plug directly into the headphone socket. Typical equipment with suitable headphone sockets are personal radios, minidisc, CD players, cassettes, talking book machines etc.
For most hearing aids when 'T' is selected the microphone becomes dead, because of this problems of feedback are eliminated with the result that the hearing aid(s) might be able to be used louder than usual.
The neck loops are the most straightforward to use however the silhouette earhooks and silent headphones are more position sensitive (you need to experiment by moving them slightly to get the best signal). In our view a neck loop is best suited to both the casual user and those who do not enjoy coping with gadgets. The silhouettes give a good signal but are more fiddly to wear they are sometimes not liked by those with glasses. The silent headphones are sometimes preferred for their more conventional look.
As a guide personal inductive listeners will work anywhere that personal stereo-style headphones do.
The Music-Link 50/50 and CLHook 4 are novel listening products with an inductive silhouette earhook for use with a hearing aid on 'T' on one side and an earpiece on the other.
With an iPhone or other smartphone with a 4 pole 3.5mm socket, plugging in a 3 pole Music-Link or other inductive listener will work fine; during a phone call the microphone in the phone is live while you listen with the inductive listener.
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