Using a Phonak TV Connector as a Streamer for Phone Calls

I’ve had a poor experience using Bluetooth to connect my Phonak Paradise P70-R and P90-RT hearing aids to my smartphone for calls and audio and/or computer for Zoom meetings, etc. Here is my workaround to provide a more stable connection with higher fidelity and low latency.

Inspired by an earlier post here, I came up with the idea of connecting an inline mic from a headset to a TV Connector. It works great! Attached is a pic of the setup: the teal wire is my inline mic line that I can plug into my iPhone (with an adapter) or directly to my computer.

The wired connection is a bit of a hassle, but the quality is excellent. What’s more, there is almost no latency like there was with Bluetooth. And since the TV Connector uses a 5V power supply, I can use it with an external USB battery if I want a portable solution. It has cut out on me once or twice, but pushing the “link” button on the TV Connector reconnects to the hearing aids pretty quickly (though the connection chimes are pretty annoying!).

(Side note: I tried to use a Y-splitter pictured to the left in the photo, but I couldn’t get any mic to work simultaneously with the audio feed. Not sure if it’s a bad Y-splitter or something else, but the inline mic headset wire works great and can be purchased for $15).

Very happy to have this more stable solution and not have to rely on Bluetooth and the poor mic quality while on the phone anymore. Just thought I’d share!


I had the same issue with chime sounds from the tv connector. I went to Target and turned off program change sounds in my aids.


I’m so pleased I found your post. You’ve provided incentive to me…Ihave brand new P90R’s and a tv connector I haven’t used yet.



Where is the microphone in this picture? I can’t see to find it.
Also, what do you mean by “an inline mic headset wire”?
Perhaps you could post a purchase link to the microphone and wire working best for you?
I have a thought for a similar idea of locating a small microphone plugged into my TV connector on the table next to my beloved’s chair, as she has a very soft low voice, causing me to constantly say “What?, I’m sorry but I couldn’t hear you!”
Thank you.

Many headsets have what’s called an “inline mic” in the cord that connects the headphones to the audio source. The mic is usually a bump in the cord, sometimes it also includes volume control buttons (which may or may not function with your setup). This mic is from my son’s headphones (see red arrow in pic).

I just ordered this one: [link deleted - the one I ordered doesn’t have the right sized tip. I have to find another one]

In theory, if you get a good Y-adapter, you should be able to use a better microphone since inline mics are not supposed to be very good quality.

But I haven’t been able to get that to work with my setup. Inline mics are intended to only be ~6" from the speaker’s mouth, so I don’t know how well it would work to pick up your beloved’s voice from her chair. I’ll experiment with mine and let you know. (What I think you really want is one of the Roger Direct mics - either the pen 1.1 or the Table Mic… I might get one of those, too…)

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Interested in this even though I won’t have new HAs for a month. What iPhone model? What kind of adapter are you using to go from white wire to iPhone? Thanks for elaborating so i can follow the signal path.

For connection into computer I assume into headphone jack, correct?

Good idea also on how to make this portable. But we really shouldn’t have to much with all these work arounds!!

For the teal inline mic an alligator clip would hold it close to your mouth; or a wire coat hanger could make a simple “stand” for it on the desk.

Thanks for elaborating - this will be an interesting thread.

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This is just what Apple sell to be able to attach headphones to the iPhone (for hearing people) so it’s a lightening adapter on one end and a place to attach headphones on the other end.

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Nice one. I use either a Kindle Fire or Android for Zoom meetings. My TV connector is powered from my TV. While the Android BT connection is OK the Android is not entirely happy bandwidth wise on with Zoom.
I decided to try Phonak Marvels and Fire using BT.
This worked too with limits. Once configured for the Fire the phone drops out. I had to go to phone settings and re enable call BT but that might be my phone. However returning to the Fire the HA were not shown as available and I would need to repair them.
Probably worth doing for occasions such a flight though I plan to try ANC Headset.
Your solution works well too.

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Thanks, got it, but wanted to be sure.

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