Hi everybody, new member here! I’m a quadriplegic with moderate hearing loss due to Charcot-Marie-Tooth neuropathy , (which has nothing to do with sharks or teeth, it’s a peripheral nerve disease). The cell phone revolution has passed me by until now, both because I couldn’t hear one with my cheap hearing aids and because I couldn’t lift it up or operate it anyway. But now I find it necessary to get one as I’m about to start school again, and my audiologist has recommended the Signia Pure 312 Nx and mic.
However, I’ve been working with Vocational Rehabilitation for the funding, and as you may know they want to know for sure that you’ll be able to use the equipment they pay for in order to perform the functions of the job you’re training for. In my case, that means I’ll have to prove that I’ll be able to enter text into the computer while talking on the telephone. For someone with limited hearing who can’t move their arms or hands, that’s a bit like asking me to juggle while walking backwards on a giant ball, but I think we have the “entering text” part covered, with a combination of voice recognition and eye tracking.
Which leaves the “talking on the telephone” part, which I still have questions about. For example, the StreamLine mic page says you can have your phone conversations hands-free. But what most people mean by “hands-free” is “first you press this button, then you can talk”, which is not exactly completely hands-free. Would anyone here know whether I would have to press a button? Or are there alternate ways of answering the phone, like automatic answering or a voice command to the phone?
Another possibility is me using Skype on my computer so that I can use eye tracking to click the mute button, put the focus on a word processing program, and then use voice recognition to enter text. But when I asked customer service whether the hearing aids could pick up the audio from Skype on the computer, I got back an answer about streaming audio from the TV. Trying again…
Anyway, if this pair isn’t going to work for me in terms of answering the phone hands-free, or use with Skype audio, I would appreciate the forum’s assistance in identifying a model that will. Many thanks!