Hi everyone, it’s my first post and I apologize it’s such a doozy.
I see questions about how to take calls and have something akin to a table mic if you don’t have bluetooth HAs, but I’m so behind, I can’t even follow the answers. Would you folks be willing to give a primer?
From what I’ve read, if you don’t have bluetooth 'aids, you necessarily need an induction neckloop. Those loops take input and broadcast it via induction to your (non-BT) hearing aids like a mini radio station.
That’s where it ends for me. Here are the things I’m clueless about:
Where and how do the induction loops receive their input? I take it a receiver is always involved in one form or another whether it’s external or internal to the loop. Do both kinds of loops exist?
Do those without an internal receiver need to be physically connected to one? For example, I’ve seen loops with a short cable ending in a 3.5mm plug. Is this so that a loop can take analog input from something like a desktop radio and transfer that via induction to the 'aids? Are are those cable extension meant to plug into BT receivers exclusively?
Some loops are amplified while others aren’t. Is there a function to the amplification other than to boost a weak signal?
I’ve also seen BT neckloops. Are those meant to receive non-BT input and transfer it via BT to BT-enabled HAs?
Can input to the neckloops be something other than BT? I’m thinking of how wireless lapel mics of 30 years ago worked, for example.
I’ve seen both mono and stereo loops. I’m assuming the stereo loops will transmit mono from mono sources (phones, e.g.) and in stereo from stereo sources (music on phones, e.g.). Is that right?
Like everyone else with HAs, phone calls and multi-person settings are most difficult for me. Depending on your answers, I’m imagining a scenario where I’m wearing an induction loop that’s physically connected to a BT receiver. I can hear phone calls great, even in noisy situations. I might also have a small, tabletop mic connected to a BT transmitter. When I’m at a table for 4, I can plunk down the mic/transmitter in the middle of the table and hear everyone a bit better. Is something like this possible?
A variant might include doing the same but without the BT receiver, using a loop that is also a BT receiver.
If you’ll indulge me, one last question. Though my HA’s say they are “telecoil = yes” in the literature, do I need to ask my audiologist to activate the telecoil, if that’s the right term? (Signia Cellion Primax 7)
If you’ve made it this far, God bless you. I looked but didn’t see any other thread that covered the topic this broadly. I realize that my understanding is so convoluted that my questions might not make much sense. I beg for your patience, and I’m very, very grateful for your wisdom and experience.