How Hearing Aids Actually Sound (Video)

This is a clever video Eliza found recently, prepared by the Vermont Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. In this video, they recorded the actual sound received by a hearing aid under 4 different scenarios:

  1. Close by with no background noise (the “ideal”)
  2. Far away with no background noise
  3. Close by with background noise
  4. Far away with background noise

This is a great way to “walk in the shoes” of the listener. Scenario 4 is very common in the classroom setting, and very challenging to cope with. I have no doubt it’s exhausting!

After the exposition, they then repeated the same 4 scenarios using an FM transmitter, showing significant improvements. Good stuff.

Here’s the video, keep your eye on the student with the red hat – an Oscar winning performance…

While this video demonstrates hearing aids, I do know many of the Cochlear Implants out there now offer similar integration with transmitter systems. I’m expecting (perhaps wrongly?) a similar experience for CI users.

Regardless of the technology, clearly the teacher and school system have to be on board with this for it to succeed, so we’ll definitely need to weigh our options on schools when Fiona gets to the appropriate age. Fortunately we still have a few years there.

If anyone reading this has firsthand experience on this topic they’d like to share, we’d love to learn more. Especially with school systems in the Atlanta area.

3 thoughts on “How Hearing Aids Actually Sound (Video)

  1. bonny

    There is a teacher at my school who has a deaf child with hearing aids and another with Cochlear Implants. She wears and FM system while she teaches. The biggest problem I’ve seen that they’ve had together is when the batteries need to be changed! Be sure someone knows how to do that and is designated to do so. I would think that any school would receive federal funding under IDEA and should provide and FM system to any child who requires it. It may be written in their IEP.

    1. Mark Isham Post author

      Ah cool, that’s good to know. Yeah i’m sure we’ll be learning a lot more about this in the coming years. (and asking you a lot of questions along the way ;->).

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