I’m in the process of getting my first HAs (male, early fifties w mild/moderate loss in left ear and moderate/severe loss in right ear). I live in an area where drivers may only use cell phones that are hands free and I’m trying to figure out approaches that will work for me. Now I use a regular bluetooth earpiece paired to my iPhone 4 (running OS 5 with the hearing aid compatibility option).
Obviously I can’t stick a bluetooth earpiece in an ear that has an HA in it already. My existing iPhone/bluetooth headset setup works OK with my better ear, but I’m concerned about having to take out the HA and substitute the earpiece and then losing the HA. Wearing something around my neck all the time seems like more adjustment than I want to make from a logistics perspective. I’m generally leery of technology solutions that involve lots of little things that are easy to misplace or lose–never mind being expensive (my audiologist is recommending Starkey Wi series).
A microphone clip seems like an ideal solution, but my impression is that the iPhone will only pair with one device at a time (either the bluetooth HAs for listening or the bluetooth mic for talking).
I actually don’t drive and talk all that much, but I hate to miss important calls. I suppose one low-tech alternative is just to use the loudspeaker option on the iPhone and leave it in a dash mounted cup holder.
Any thoughts? I’m curious what other HA users are doing. Thanks.