I have the Oticon Opn hearing aids. What and how do I get/ use to at concerts or at a theater. I only asked for hearing assistance once several years ago and was given a large clunky device I couldn’t seem to get to work - or maybe it was just ineffective. Disappointing as it was at a Broadway musical visiting locally, and I couldn’t understand a lot of it.
This is where the adoption of hearing loops in venues like this would be so beneficial. No device needed. Just switch to the telecoil that might be installed in the aids. No advertising that you’re some kind of old deaf person. The privacy and discretion is built-in because it’s passive with no additional devices.
For the venue, they only have to install the loop once maybe in a particular area but it could be room-wide. Then they don’t have to manage devices. They can just put up a sticker announcing to those that would know and care that they have a hearing loop in the venue. I think there’s a kind of standardized symbol to indicate as such.
Of course it only works for mic’d/amplified venues. I gather hearing loops are much more prevalent in Europe. Apparently not so much in North America. Unfortunately.
Only some of the OPN aids have telecoils. I suggest you ask your audiologist to add the “Music” program mode to your HAs - this disables all the compression and just handles your frequency loss. It may help you in such situations. On my OPNs, I have Music, Speech with Noise, and Automatic. I keep it in Automatic nearly all the time.