I may be a little late to this particular party but I recently bought myself a small gift to help me join in with a few of the modern world's wonders.
A Bluetooth neckloop which can be linked to the T coil in my hearing aid. Once synchronised with my laptop, tablet and mobile 'phone, I can hear the sound ouputs from each device directly into my hearing aids.
I have set it up and checked that it works, which it does admirably, so theoretically I am now equipped to join in with Zoom, Skype and even normal telephone calls.
The only drawback is that, on most days when I am at home, I seldom bother to wear my hearing aids. They become uncomfortable after a while and cause some irritation in my ears. It seems too much bother to put them in and set up the neckloop just for a brief call.
My new toy may languish in the drawer for a while I fear.
What a great gift JayCee. . We had no electricity this morning and I was having technology withdrawal symptoms. How did we ever cope when we had no Internet?ReplyDelete
Back in the Dark Ages!Delete
My technology knowledge is fairly limited - I don;t even have a smart phone. I have just bought myself a new Dell laptop and I love it - my old one was getting ancient. I did consider an ipad instead but didn[t wish to face learing all the news things. I do wear my hearing aids all the time I am so deaf that without them I hear little or nothing.Delete
Although not profoundly deaf, I hear very little without my hearing aids so no longer bother with the radio or TV. I have a specially adapted landline telephone but the sound can be quite distorted. Luckiky I have P to act as my ears most of the time so that I don't have to wear my hearing aids.Delete
Harald Bluetooth was the king of both Denmark and Norway in the tenth century. It's so sweet that you honour him by wearing a Bluetooth medallion round your neck.ReplyDelete
Yes, and I think it was one of his vassals who ruled here around then, Olaf The Red. One of Eric's family members probably.Delete
Sounds intriguing. I'm a bit of a Luddite myself - no cell phone yet!ReplyDelete
Well, if you haven't needed one up until now then that's probably a good thing. I only found mine useful when we went away, but that's not likely to happen again for quite some time.Delete
Can you use that neck loop to stream TV and radio too? And, does YP know what caused Harald to have notably blue teeth? Just askin'. xx Mr T (who is also deaf and can't hear the bird sound on his favorite videos)ReplyDelete
Hi Tigger. Yes, if Mr T's TV and radio are digital and Bluetooth enabled, he should be able to use a neckloop to connect to them and use his hearing aid's T switch. My radio isn't but I could use the computer instead if I wanted to and tune in online.Delete
I understand that poor old Harald had a noticeable dead tooth which appeared to be dark blue in colour, hence his nickname. It seems the Bluetooth technology was named after him as it is meant to unite all devices in the way that he united the various tribes of Denmark into a single nation.
The things you find on Wikipedia!!
You learn something everyday - we certainly never knew there were hearing aids for cats. (Our fault: Tigger and Mr T are ond and the same. We have a TV addicted cat! He seems to particularly like "Death in Pzradise". Weird aye?) FDelete
Ah, my mistake! Silly me 😉Delete
I would be so delighted to have your bluetooth gadget if I were deaf because a world without music would be my idea of hell. Apart from anything else when I'm listening to music I don't generally notice my tinnitus. Mind you I have often been labelled "Mr Gadget Man". I love gadgets.ReplyDelete
Tinnitus can be so very intrusive. Mine varies from day to day and can be anything from a noise like rushing water or an engine running to a high pitched whistle. I can imagine that music would help.Delete