Wireless Assistive Listening Devices

February 15, 2009 by Martin Vigneault
Wireless Assistive Listening Devices Very often, when a person develops a hearing loss, family members notice that the volume of the television gets turned up.

Les aides de suppléance à l’audition pour l’écoute de la télévisionThe inability to hear some sounds or words as well as difficulty filtering out background noise in the room makes it difficult for the hearing impaired person to enjoy the programs and movies at a volume which is considered ‘‘tolerable’’ by other members of the family.

Using the Sennheiser wireless listening system, you can now watch television at a volume that is comfortable for everyone. The listening system is composed of 2 main components: the transmitter and the receiver. The transmitter is a small control box connected to your television. It picks up the sound and uses wireless transmission technology to send it to the receiver. The receiver is a small device attached to a headset. The receiver receives the television’s sound (from the transmitter) and delivers it to the headset which has a built-in volume control. This allows the hearing-impaired user to set the volume level to a comfortable listening level. As for the other people in the room, they simply have to set the volume of the television to a level which is comfortable for them. Everyone can then enjoy a movie, talk show, or hockey game without missing anything or being annoyed by the TV being too loud or too quiet.

Besides being used for the television, this system can also be connected to a radio or any other audio-video device at home.

Les aides de suppléance à l’audition pour l’écoute de la télévisionFinally, it is also interesting to know that some models of wireless listening systems can be subsidized by the Régie de l’assurance maladie (RAMQ), CSST and Veterans’ affair programs. In order to qualify for this funding, you must have a hearing evaluation completed by an audiologist. For example, you could be entitled to the RAMQ program if your results show a pure tone average (at 500 Hz, 1000 Hz, 2000 Hz and 4000 Hz) of at least 55 dB HL, or, of 41 dB HL or greater if you demonstrate significant difficulties in listening to either television or radio. Ask your hearing professional for more information.

In summary, the wireless listening system for television/radio is designed to enhance the sound quality and the understanding of speech by providing a clearer signal to the two ears.

Do not hesitate to contact an audioprosthetist at one of the multidisciplinary clinics Lobe Santé auditive et communication for more information.