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Are some telecoils better than others? The telecoil mode on my new Starkey Muse hearing aids isn't working as well as my previous hearing aids.

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Juliëtte Sterkens, AuD

Audiologist in Oshkosh

03 January 2018 - 465 Views

To benefit from a telecoil in a hearing loop it needs to be a vertically oriented as worn on the ear – something that can be handled for use on the phone by modifying the position of handset - and the telecoil has to have a frequency response that closely matches the microphone sensitivity at equal input levels for the speech frequencies (60 dB SPL vs. 31.6 mA/m inputs) – something called transparency. In other words: When you switch from mic to T setting the hearing aid should sound the same (meaning have the same frequency response) and be equally... Read more

Does Phonak make a hearing aid with Bluetooth, telecoil, and rechargeable batteries?

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Abram Bailey, AuD

Doctor of Audiology, Hearing Tracker Founder

19 August 2016 - 4256 Views

We recently added the Phonak Audéo B-R to our hearing aid review database. We're excited to see what customers will report, especially with regard to real world battery life. The B-R does not have a telecoil, and to my knowledge it is not directly compatible with smarphones like the iPhone. The B-R is compatible with the Phonak ComPilot II, ComPilot Air II, and EasyCall, which can help you to connect your devices to 3rd party Bluetooth devices (like your iPhone). 

Is there any point to getting the Resound LiNX2 962 model to have the telecoil?

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Juliëtte Sterkens, AuD

Audiologist in Oshkosh

28 October 2016 - 1195 Views

Absolutely! I highly recommend you obtain hearing aids that offer Bluetooth and telecoil technology. I have personally fit thousands of hearing aids with telecoils and worked with consumers around the country that have benefited from this feature.  While hearing aids have come a long way in the last decade, they do not give you normal hearing and most users report that hearing over distance, in reverberation and background noise (such as houses of worship, meeting rooms, theaters, lecture halls, pharmacy service counters and ticket windows) is still... Read more