March 28th, 2009 by Rachel | Tags: Accommodations, Cochlear, Cochlear Implant, Cochlear Implant Convention | 5 Comments »
Many people know that I dream to have a built-in bluetooth in my CI processors so that we don’t have to worry about having an extra bulky piece on our ear! While this does not exist, there are quite a few great bluetooth options for CI users that I learned yesterday at the Assistive Learning Devices session at Cochlear Celebration:
While Phonak SmartLink is normally used as an FM, it can also be used as a bluetooth! I’m sure that many CI users who are currently students in schools have an FM already, and so, they would have a bluetooth option for their processor already!
I have to say that I am ashamed of not having heard of bluetooth neckloop! This bluetooth is a very simple option as it only requires CI users to put this neckloop around their neck and switch their processor settings to tele-coil!
This is not a bluetooth; however, it is another hands-free phone option! I tested this product at the workshop, and I have to say that it is not my favorite option as it’s very heavy and bulky, and it requires a wire to connect this device to the cellphone; however, the clarity of sounds is very clear. The user would wear this around his/her neck and set his/her processor to tele-coil settings. This product can not only work well with any phones, but also iPods.
These products can be found at these websites:
Linn Tearney, a Cochlear employee who focuses on testing assistive listening devices, gives a demonstration on using the accessories.