The Better Hearing Institute recently came out with an article called, “How to Buy a Cell Phone if You Have a Hearing Loss,” by Janice Schacter. The article takes the traditional material available in the “Hearing Aid Compatibility for Wireless Telephones,” brochure produced by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) along with The Wireless Associations brochure on “Hearing Aid Compatibility for Wireless Telephones and Services,” and combines it with practical information found during a families quest to find their daughter, who has a hearing loss, a cell phone.
The article contains leading questions that can help guide you through the process of obtaining a cell phone appropriate for your hearing loss, and hearing devices.
Also available for those interested in integrating their cell phone with their hearing devices is the streamer – a compact Bluetooth device that acts as a gateway between Oticon’s Dual or Epoq hearing devices and external sound sources (such as your TV, radio, pc, music player, land line and cell phone).
If you are interested in learning more about cell phone use and hearing instruments, or would like guidance in your search for a compatible mobile phone, please do not hesitate to schedule an appointment with one of our Doctors of Audiology to discuss your options.