I have bilateral “cookie-bite” hearing loss and have work hearing aids in both ears the past 25 years. Current pair in my ears are the Bernafon Verite 9s (via Costco); have the Soundgate neckloop and TV box (both I find invaluable).
I’m looking ahead to a new pair I’m likely to get soon, and familiar with the basic bells and whistles offered by most vendors. I like the MFI and Android-equivalents as it reduces (half) the dependency on a neckloop for phone conversations. However they still require the phone’s microphone be proximate to the mouth which is not always possible or convenient for me.
Is there any HA vendor that does the following?
a) support MFI (or Android equivalent) to transmit inbound audio directly from phone to HAs; AND
b) allow for an external microphone to be clipped onto a shirt collar from which outbound audio (from me) can be passed onto the phone. To clarify, this external microphone is the equivalent of what one wears in a media interview. Small, unobtrusive, the equivalent of a large button, that is clipped onto a shirt lapel or collar. These microphones are pretty cheap, plenty available, the technology issues have been long solved…
Please, no references to Roger Pens and such. They are too expensive and overkill for the above.
If MFI (and its Android-equivalent) have solved the inbound path, all the microphone has to do is bridge the outbound–a small technical hurdle, not requiring much bells and whistles or costing an arm and a leg (or more).
Comments? Suggestions? Recommendations? Opinions on where my thinking could be wrong? All welcome!