Your humble editor had the privilege of flying in from Atlanta to join his many friends at the April Chicago HLAA Lincoln Park chapter meeting a couple weekends ago, with a pleasant dinner afterwards at Corcoran’s across the street in Old City. Much has been made of “hearing loops;” but now that we’re in the digital audio transmission era, we’ve found a much better way to transmit the presenter’s speech to the attendees, using a Roger-to-Unite bridge, for Phonak, Advanced Bionics, ReSound, Cochlear, and Beltone users… Read on!
This fantastic chapter has wonderful members of all ages and races, meeting 10 times per year. For years, they have provided CART; and about a decade ago Phonak donated an FM transmitter and a handful of FM receivers with neckloops, which are still soldiering on. However, many of the users have moved on to 2.45 gHz digital audio transmission, either with the GN Unite or Phonak Roger systems.
It was a bit awkward for our speaker, UIC professor Bruce Douglas, to wear three transmitters on his lanyard, namely the Phonak MyLink, Phonak Roger, and GN MultiMic; so for future meetings, here’s how we’ve fixed the problem:
- One member brings her Phonak Roger Pen, which is given to the speaker;
- This member has an N6 CI processor and a GN ReSound MultiMic (also known as Cochlear Mini Mic 2+)
- Your humble editor provided her a universal Roger X(03) receiver, which plugs into the polarized 3-pin Euro jack on the MultiMic;
- Your humble editor also provided a Roger MyLink with this special 3/32″ to 1/8″ patch cord, which will connect to the analog FM transmitter, to send the presenter’s audio to baseband induction neckloop users with the older receivers;
- Phonak, AB, and other Roger users will directly pair with the Roger Pen: Switch to the FM program on your hearing aids or CI’s, hold the Pen with the top an inch or so from the receiver on each CI processor, hearing aid, or ComPilot, and press the middle link button, listening for the connect tones;
- ReSound, Cochlear, and Beltone users will pair their hearing aids & CI’s using their devices’ channel 3 of their streaming programs: Open and close the battery doors, and press the red connect button 3 times.