Bone Conducting Hearing Implant Accessories
There are various accessories and technology available to help you make the most of your device in your day to day living, at home and elsewhere. There can be different versions of these accessories available dependant on which Bone Conducting Hearing Implant you have, therefore always check for compatibility.
If a Bone Conducting Hearing Implant user wishes to use a loop system, a telecoil is needed. A loop system can give better hearing when using a phone or in buildings supplied with loop facilities, such as churches and theatres. Currently it is not possible to have an integral telecoil in a Bone Conducting Hearing Implant due to the magnetic waves produced by the transducer in the sound processor. To enable good function of the telecoil it needs to be a minimum distance from the working parts of the sound processor.
The Telecoil Adaptor plugs into the Europlug Direct Audio Input (DAI) on the sound processor, and allows the loop system signal to go directly into the Bone Conducting Hearing Implant.
An Audio Adaptor allows a Bone Conducting Hearing Device wearer to enjoy direct input sound from MP3 players, stereo systems, computers or any sound system with a headphone output. This allows for an enhanced listening experience when enjoying music and films. A bilateral lead is also available for bilateral users.
An FM system is an accessory that can be used with a Bone Conducting Hearing Implant to help in difficult listening environments, such as: classrooms, meetings, and travelling in a car. An FM receiver directs the signal from the FM transmitter directly into the device. There are many different FM systems available.
Many telephones are now hearing aid compatible and include a telecoil to assist hearing. A Direct Vibe handset has also been developed to help people with a conductive hearing loss. The Direct Vibe handset has a transducer within the ear piece with a contact point in the centre. This contact point can be held to any front face bones (i.e. cheek bone) to hear the speaker on the phone via bone conduction. The handset can also be used and heard in the normal manner, with the ear piece held to the ear.