Assistive Listening Devices – When you’re going out
Many people struggle to hear when they go out to restaurants, attend meetings, go to church or try and listen to lecturers at university or TAFE. ALDs are often used to amplify speech, especially in noisy situations.
FM Systems – Using harmless radio waves, the personal FM system consists of a transmitter microphone worn or held by the speaker (such as the teacher in the classroom, or the speaker at a lecture) and a receiver used by you, the listener. The receiver transmits the sound to your ears or, if you wear a hearing aid, directly to the hearing aid.
Induction Loop Systems – also known as a ‘hearing loop’; consists of a microphone to pick up the spoken word; an amplifier which processes the signal which is then sent through the final piece; the loop cable, a wire placed around the perimeter of a specific area (such as a meeting room, a church, movie theatre) to act as an antenna that radiates the magnetic signal to the hearing aid.
Infrared Systems – an alternative to the loop system; a typical system consists of an audio source, an infrared radiator (transmitter) and infrared listening receivers.
Bluetooth Technology – making use of wireless technology, the latest easy-to-use Bluetooth technology includes headsets and handy remote controls to adjust your listening experience.