HEAR EVERY SOUND, HEAR EVERY WORD
Ahh, to FM or not to FM. When my daughter Lexi was implanted and immediately began to open up and HEAR a whisper, speak and catch up to her normal hearing peers, I thought "who needs an FM system?"
Then, she started mainstream school. While she attends a private school with smaller classrooms, I quickly learned that group work, classroom discussions and more could really affect how clearly Lexi would hear each day.
Then, at a cochlear implant conference more for my job as Director of Songs for Sound, I suddenly went into "broken-hearted mom" mode. I sat in on a conference on the importance of FM systems. I had been bucking the idea for years. "She hears a WHISPER! She scores so well in the booth at Audiology! Why would she need anything else?"
The data and research once noise is added to a hearing aid or cochlear implant recipeient's day is pretty overwhelming. Cochlear's mini-mic, for example, can allow a recipient to hear over 90% compared to 60-70% without it.
Put those stats into a classroom or a boardroom; or for you sales people, into a business meeting in a coffee shop:
3 to 4 out of 10 words are missed. Multiply that over the amount spoken over an hour or an entire school day and that is ENORMOUS!
So, I started to research the FM SYSTEM world. Here's what our family uses:
MINI MIC - The mini mic is a personal FM. These are great for activities such as Sunday school, sports, lessons, etc. Larger FM systems for classrooms are sound towers.
***REMEMBER COCHLEAR IMPLANT RECIPIENTS: when upgrading to a new processor, you can opt for this to be an ACCESSORY which comes with your upgrade kit.
ROGER DYNAMO SOUND TOWER - The research shows how much it benefits ALL children in the classroom. It's a tower that is placed in the classroom. The teacher wears a mic around her neck. Lexi has them in all four classrooms.
TEACHERS LOVE the Sound Towers because they experience far less vocal fatigue. It amplifies the teacher's voice for all students. ALL STUDENTS BENEFIT FROM THE SOUND TOWER.
***Also, Cochlear Americas processors: opt for the version with a port. You can order a small connector and it will fit into the port of your processor. Then, you'll receive DIRECT feed from that sound tower (goes directly from the mic into her processor).
Roger Pen - this personal FM literally looks like a pen. Perfect for hearing aid or cochlear implant recipients, the pen However, it requires use of a transmitter with the port also.
Cochlear's TV Streamer and Phone Streamer - both of these stream sound directly from a TV or phone into your implant. When sound bypasses external noise and goes directly into your implant, you will receive best benefits of hearing every word!
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