I have a new Oticon ConnectClip. When the wearer touches it, or her clothing brushes against it, I hear loud static noise. Is this normal?

Sheri Gostomelsky, AuD

Doctor of Audiology in Deerfield

10 September 2019 - 78 Views

Yes, brushing against any microphone makes noise. What you describe is normal. Find a place to clip the microphone away from clothing and avoid handling it while it is being used.
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Michelle Foos, AuD

Audiologist in Norton Shores

10 September 2019 - 78 Views

Yes, this is normal. Picture if you're on the phone with someone and they're rubbing their finger on the microphone. You would hear that through the phone. The connect clip is also a remote microphone so if they are touching the microphone directly you will hear that through the hearing aids. 
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Amy White, AuD

Doctor of Audiology in Elk Grove

10 September 2019 - 80 Views

Yes this is normal. It has a microphone on the ConnectClip that is picking up the soft sound of rubbing and sending it to the hearing aids.  Place the slip where it is not rubbing clothing to improve the static noise. 
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Terry Sokalofsky, MSc

Registered Clinical Audiologist in Lloydminster

11 September 2019 - 62 Views

As others have mentioned - mic noise is normal if someone touches it. It is important that people who use the microphone are counselled on appropriate use. They should avoid touching the mircrophones directly (the silver slit on the surface of the connectclip has microphones in it) and they should clip it/wear it in a manner that is secure. Most people clip it on and just think they can go about their business as usual - but this does not always work out well. 
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Dawn MacMillan

President, Coastal Audiology, Inc.

10 September 2019 - 74 Views

Yes, it is perfectly normal. Keep in mind the ConnectClip is essentially a remote microphone. Any sound directed to the clip with be amplified. Rubbing your hand over the clip will produce a static sound, as will wearing it under clothing, around necklaces and scarves, etc. The ConnectClip should be worn away from anything that may rub over it as the result will be static. 
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Nazanin A
Nazanin A 10 September 2019

If it is used as a microphone, that's normal. If your patient is using it as a remote control or for streaming only, then they wouldn't hear that microphone noise at all. Work out on the programs with your patient as what setting they are on to avoid unnecessary microphone's static noise.

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