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What is the best Personal Sound Amplification Device?

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Alicia D.D. Spoor, AuD

Doctor of Audiology in Highland

29 March 2017 - 4482 Views

It sounds like you want a communication recommendation.  In order to find the best Personal Sound Amplifier Product (PSAP) for you, taking into account your hearing acuity, your lifestyle, your support group, your hearing difficulties, your budget, your dexterity, your cognition, your needs, your wants, and more, you need a communication needs assessment.  The communication needs assessment will factor in all of these issues, and more, to determine what products (amplifiers, assistive devices, phones, hearing aids, cochlear implants, etc.) will be... Read more

I can no longer hear or understand the actors at the theatre. Two theatres have telecoil loops, which aren't very good; others have infrared systems that help somewhat. Any new hearing assistance devices that would help?

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Juliëtte Sterkens, AuD

Audiologist in Oshkosh

30 October 2017 - 147 Views

It is frustrating not being able to enjoy the theater. Please know that the performance of the hearing loop depends on the installation skills of the installer - and while most hearing loop installers work very diligently to make sure the loop meets the IEC 60118-4 hearing loop standard it is possible that the one you are using fails to do so. Performance in a loop depends on microphones in the theater venue. Some venues do a fabulous job of micing each and every actor, other theaters depend on microphones that are hung above the stage or shot gun... Read more