I just received and tested the new Artone Bluetooth Neckloop.
Pictures will be posted soon.
I have tested them so far with several hearing aids including the Phonak Micro Power, Phonak Savia BTE, Phonak Perseo BTE, Sonic Innovations Balance BTE, Sonic Innovations Innova ITC all with telecoils.
With all of the models, I used my new Blackberry Pearl w/ T-Mobile as the carrier. I also linked it easily with my Nextel Motorola I830, no problems. Linking the phone to the Artone was super easy.
As for the Artone casing…what they did, it appears, is they used an exsisting bluetooth earpiece and ran a telecoil loop through it and placed the microphone facing upward.
The receiving via the telecoil loop was incredible! I couldn’t believe that there was no interference of the “tick tick tick” you often hear around speakers when you talk on a digital phone.
It received very well on all models of hearing aids listed above, although we did have to raise the gain a little more than prescribed in the software just in the T-coil mode.
I have no hearing loss, but have been using the Artone with a Perseo BTE confirgured with a slim tube and open fit and it works better than any bluetooth headset I have used so far.
Users on the other end could hear me ok, although my wife says my voice sounds slightly “far away” as with most other headsets.
I will post photos shortly and will also be ordering a supply to sell shortly.