My wife uses hearing aides. RS suggests head sets for use with the whisper system. Anyone have suggestions for sourcing? Type, Brand, effectiveness?
How severe is your wife’s hearing loss? I use hearing aids but find I can ramp up the volume on the Whisper set they give me and hear just fine.
I wear hearing aids and recently finished a RS tour. The Whisper system only goes into one ear. I found that it worked fine to keep my hearing aid in one ear and take the aid out of the other ear and just use the Whisper system. The volume could be turned up to where I needed it. Just be sure to keep the hearing aid that you take out in a safe place!
I'm dealing with the same problem as your wife -- "whisper" earbuds vs. hearing aids. I could hear OK without the aids, but I don't want to be taking them on and off, and putting in a pocket, all day. I have a cheap wired headset similar to this one, with a 3.5mm plug that should connect to the "whisper" device, but I haven't field-tested it yet. Amazon has various low-cost wired headsets that ought to work. No need for a high-quality noise-cancelling one, in fact you'll want to be able to hear street noise as you walk around.
On my last RS tour, one of the guides loaned me an earpiece that looped over the ear without entering it. I bought one like it on Amazon but it was hard to fit and transmitted at a very low volume when my phone was turned way up. I haven't found anything similar, but I'm still looking because I'd like to avoid the bulk of any kind of headset in my luggage.
I hope this helps. Please PM me if your wife finds something that works for her.
I don't wear hearing aids, but I can't use the earbuds on the whisper system. We bought a couple of inexpensive Maxell headsets at the neighborhood Dollar General, and they work just fine. In fact, we use them on our computers, as well. It's been several years since we bought them, but I know they were under $10 each.
My husband wore hearing aids and, like your wife
, didn’t want to fuss with removing them for the sound system earpiece. He used a system called aftershokz, which plugs into the whisper system and then fits the microphone
over the bone just behind the ear and transmits the sounds from the whisper system via bone conduction. He liked it a lot.
Another option is to use something called a "Music Link" which is basically an inductive ear loop for one or both ears that looks like a thin hook that sits on your ear, next to the hearing aid, and feeds sound through the T-coil. I used this on the Paris & Heart of France tour a few years ago and it worked perfectly. If going this route, I would recommend having a hearing aid setting that activates both the T-coil (for the whisper system) and the hearing aid's microphone so you can hear your surroundings (traffic, fellow tour members, travel partner, etc).
I'm following. I have severe to profound hearing loss and use a hearing aid in my left ear and a cochlear implant in my right. I wonder where I can get some expert advice on how to use the Whisper system with these?
Liz - How where did you purchase these and how do they link to the Whisper?