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Assistive Listening Devices
Carolina Ear & Hearing Clinic, PC has experience working with many different assistive listening devices. Assistive Listening Devices are devices to help you function better in day-to-day communication situations. Some can couple to hearing aids, while others do not.
FM systems are like small radio stations operating on frequencies designed by the Federal Communications Commission. Often children use FM systems in school settings and adults find them helpful in public places such as churches, museums, convention centers and theatres. The sound is transmitted from a microphone directly into a receiver. The receiver then transmits the sound to their hearing aid through direct audio input or a small looped cord worn around the neck.
Loop Systems are systems that transmit directly to hearing aids with a telecoil. This means that if you have a telephone setting on your hearing aid, you can access the loop through the telephone setting on your hearing aid. Some churches and movie theaters use a loop system. If your hearing aid doesn’t have a telecoil many times they will have a separate headset that you can use.
TV ears is an assistive listening device that connects to your television and has a separate earphone set that you wear (you do not need hearing aids to use this). The headphones have a volume control that independently allows you to adjust the volume without disturbing others.