Hearing Devices: What Works and Why

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Hearing Explorers meet to share information on their devices, problem areas, and solutions.


Hearing Devices: Explorers Show and Tell

  • Oticon Hearing Aids
  • Roger On in remote mic, works with Costco’s KS-10 as well as Phonak Paradise Hearing Aids
  • Pocket Talker
  • Otter A.I.  
  • MS PPT Presentation Translator
  • Voice memo app
  • Over-the-counter hearing aids (Bose, Eargo)


Problematic Environments

  • Large conversational groups
  • Crowded places such as restaurants
  • TV and Phone listening at home
  • Plexiglass dividers in workspaces
  • Mask wearing and accents limit ability to hear
  • Aquatics – Loud music in a pool environment interferes with hearing the instructor's voice



Most members report frequent use of captioning services. Here are the most mentioned uses:

  • Television watching.  
  • Captioning is not always accurate, and subtitles may have an annoying delay.
  • Transcripts can be particularly useful for later review of content.
  • Using the Chrome browser, one can choose live captioning on all videos.



One explorer reports on a cochlear implant procedure that had a disappointing outcome.



 Although everyone's situation is unique, there are a surprising number who relate to one of the topics or another.



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Key words: 
conductive hearing loss, hearing aids, Hearables, subtitles, closed captioning, TV hearing augmentation equipment