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5 Reasons to Use a Hearing Aid Companion Microphone

A companion microphone is a small, flexible, wireless accessory that works alongside your hearing aid to make listening in noisy environments easier.

5 Reasons to Use a Hearing Aid Microphone

What people with hearing loss most often complain about is how difficult it is to understand speech in noisy environments.  Most people will experience some difficulty listening to conversations in noisy environments, but those with a hearing loss may experience significant difficulty especially over distances or in the absence of visual clues. That’s where the hearing aid companion microphone comes in. 

What is a Hearing Aid Companion Microphone?

A companion microphone is a small, flexible, wireless accessory designed to work alongside your hearing aid.  This compact microphone makes listening in noisy environments easy so that you can relax and enjoy the conversation.

The main purpose of a companion microphone is to bring desired sounds, like a person’s voice, directly to the ears. Modern companion microphones connect to hearing aids wirelessly. Some use a magnet, but most of the latest hearing aids connect using Bluetooth. The hearing aid wearer would hand their companion mic to the person they want to hear. The speaker would hold or clip the microphone onto their clothes and speak as they normally would. The sound of their voice is picked up by the companion microphone and sent straight into the hearing aids. 

There are also universal companion microphones that can connect to any hearing aid with a ‘telecoil’ feature. Your Lexie Lumen hearing aids are equipped to connect to both a companion microphone or a universal telecoil.  Lexie’s companion microphone fits easily into your pocket so that you can take it with you wherever you go.  It comes with a small, compact charger that makes it easy for you to keep it charged.  It’s very easy to use because all you have to do is pair it with your Lexie Lumen hearing aid. If you’d like to learn more about these features, contact a Lexie hearing expert. 

5 Reasons to Use a Companion Mic:

  1. To hear better in educational settings
    The Lexie companion microphone is ideal for students, teachers, lecturers, and speakers. Large rooms offer less than ideal listening situations because they are noisy and busy and there’s a great distance between the students and the educator. A student with hearing loss will be able to hear the educator’s voice loudly and clearly because background noise is reduced.
  2. To perform better in meetings
    Adults with hearing loss often report great difficulty hearing properly in meetings. The seating arrangement, room size, and whether it’s a large group has an impact on noise levels and makes it difficult to follow conversations. A companion microphone can be very helpful in these situations. If there is only one speaker or presenter at a time, that person can speak directly into the companion microphone.  It can even be used in a boardroom meeting, by placing the microphone in the center of the table. Being able to hear the speaker clearly gives the person with hearing loss more confidence to engage and perform at their best at the office.
  3. To hear better in social gatherings
    Background noise makes it very difficult for a person with hearing loss to hear speech clearly. It can be extremely difficult, even if the person is wearing hearing aids, to distinguish between the person they want to hear and everything else. A companion microphone is a simple, yet effective solution for these situations.
  4. To further improve the sound quality of hearing  aids
    Modern hearing aid features enable wearers to cope in a variety of listening environments. However, even with all the advances, hearing aids are generally limited in how they can help with background noise. A companion microphone can assist in those difficult situations by bringing the speaker’s voice directly to the hearing aids.
  5. To overcome special hearing needs
    Every hearing aid user can benefit from a companion microphone, but it can be especially helpful to someone with special hearing needs. The companion mic can increase the volume and clarity when hearing aids are not enough. Some people, especially those getting older or people with untreated hearing loss, have poor speech discrimination abilities, even with hearing aids. These people will often hear better when using a companion microphone because the sound is more direct and clear. Companion microphones also help children and adults with auditory processing difficulties and disorders, who find it harder to distinguish between speech and background noise. These people might have normal hearing or even a slight hearing loss, but need a bit of extra help when listening to something very important.
B. Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, and article author

Written byMarcelle Swanepoel

B. Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

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