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Hearing Assistive Technology On the Go

Hearing assistive technology designed for people on the go is used to optimize communication in challenging listening environments. For people with hearing loss and/or auditory processing disorders, background noise can make it difficult to hear and understand in everyday situations. Restaurants, churches, and classrooms are some of the most common places that people with hearing loss and auditory processing disorders have difficulty.

  • A transmitter is a device that sends a signal to a receiving device. With hearing assistive technology, the most common transmitter is a microphone.
  • A receiver is a device that receives a signal from a transmitting device. With hearing assistive technology, the most common receiver is a neck loop. A neck loop is a wire that looks like a lanyard with an electronic device attached to it. Neck loops make it possible to listen to speech using hearing aids, headphones, or loudspeakers.

Here is an illustration of how transmitters and receivers work:

  1. A person speaks into a transmitting microphone.
  2. The person's speech signal is sent to a neck loop receiver.
  3. The neck loop receiver receives the person's speech signal.
  4. The neck loop receiver communicates with the user's hearing aids, and the user hears the speaker through his/her hearing aids.

To learn more about hearing assistive technology that you can use to improve your hearing and understanding in background noise, click the links below:

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