I am asking on behalf of a friend whose daughter has terrible tinnitus. She is due to sit her school exams this summer and obviously will be in a totally silent exam hall, which is her worst nightmare. Because her noises come and go she prefers a consistent noise from a masker as she knows what noise it’s going to make and that it will not stop and start.
She got rejected for being allowed to take a masking device with headphones in the exam hall with her, but the board said there is an exemption for any device which is built into a hearing aid or which is worn on the ear like a hearing aid - basically it just has to look like it might be a hearing aid and have no speaker or normal type of headphones (argument is she might have the headphones connected to an iPod or whatever which has revision notes on it). I am sure there used to be a good number of BTE tinnitus devices but I can’t find any now I go looking!
We are both in the UK, but any info is helpful, perhaps we can send for things from the US if necessary or look for things by brand information here. I can’t seem to get a good search going on the net as I keep ending up with 2 separate responses for tinnitus and BTE hearing aid, not a BTE tinnitus device. Sometimes Google is not your friend.