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Hearing Aid Accessories: Spotlight on the Remote Microphone
Posted by Jennifer Spiller on October 22, 2018
How far away can someone hear well with hearing aids? An informal survey conducted in the U.S. showed that many people reported an effective listening distance of three to six feet. How, then, can hearing aids help when the speaker is further away, such as at a meeting, or in a theater? This is where the remote microphone shines. A small remote microphone can relay sound to the hearing aids over a long distance (often up to 30 feet), and make it loud enough for the listener to hear. It can also be helpful in noisy situations, like vehicles or restaurants, because the microphone can be pointed directly at what the listener wants to hear. Children and teachers in classrooms have been utilizing these features in FM systems for years, but only recently have hearing aid manufacturers made devices directly compatible with hearing aids available at low or no additional cost.