Listening to music with hearing aids

If you’re hard of hearing, deaf, or whatever stupid PC term it is these days you do not need a pair of $400 headphones, or $300 earbuds moulded into the shape of your ear to get the best out of listening to music.

Nope. I’ll tell you why, and if you didn’t know about it, you’ll be so annoyed out now, especially if you’re like me and did splash money out on a pair of headphones.

Remember that ancient technology, Audio Induction Loop? Otherwise known to (some) of us as Telecoil. I’m in New Zealand, and I’ve barely ever seen those signs like:

telecoil enabled
telecoil enabled

I’m aware in some bigger cities around the world, they use this system for some public transport and other important kinds of places. However, not once in the 24 years that I’ve been deaf did it ever occur to me, or any audiologist I’ve ever met that this could actually be beneficial, apart from using it conjunction with a telephone. Music! MUSIC?! How did NOBODY tell me this?!

Basically, you buy an accessory that looks like this:

Music Link Dual
Music Link Dual

You then plug it into your computer, or phone… turn your hearing aids to t-coil mode (or rage at your audiologist for not enabling the program, and then ask them nicely to turn it the hell on) and boom! Music plays THROUGH YOUR HEARING AIDS!

Nobody but YOU can listen, which is most excellent for those men who absolutely adore Katy Perry, but don’t want anyone to know… … …

You can buy them from Amazon or from TecEar (which is where I bought mine. Ignore the… lovely looking website, but I’ve given you a choice!)

Some pictures of what the package looked like that it arrived in for me. I got some white ones:

Music Link Picture
Music Link Picture
Instructions on Music Link
Instructions on Music Link

Hopefully some like-minded folks like myself find this helpful. They work just as well as any headphone on the market, and so on so forth. The only thing you may find annoying is that frequencies etc will only ever go as high as what your hearing aids are programmed to allow. Which is OKAY… but not for bass. I just recommend buying a subwoofer and sitting on it to annoy your fellow colleagues/siblings/parents. :)

I wasn’t paid to write this, I’m genuinely interested in technology FOR hearing aids and cochlear implants, and I love my new Music-Link thingie-bobbies, and if anyone out there has anything I should be aware of / should post about, then please let me know.

4 thoughts on “Listening to music with hearing aids

  1. HAVE COCHLEA IMPLANT RIGHT SIDE- NO HEARING FROM EARS- SUGGESTIONS WELCOMED SIGN WITH T-COIL AT SOME AIRPORTS on EAST COAST OF USA

    NORM

  2. I’m happy to find out your blog.
    I’m in japan,Student of University, and CI users for both ears (R:MED-EL Maestro system L: Cochlear Freedom System),

    I don’t recommend to use Audio-loop for Listening to Music, because We cannot listen for bass.
    So I use CI’s external audio input cable. (I used too Healing-AID’s external cable when i was HA user. )
    They provide beautiful woof.

    I use this cable.
    http://ryo.0t0.jp/ci/?p=27
    Sorry to write on Japanese, but some photos help your understanding. X(

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