How does remote microphone technology help children in noisy places?

If your child wears a hearing aid or cochlear implant, there will still be times when they struggle to pick up sounds and speech, particularly when there’s a lot of background noise or they’re trying to hear over distance. At these times, remote microphone technology is a helpful resource.
 

When your child is close and the room is quiet, it’s easy to pick up sounds using a hearing aid alone. But when you’re far away or in a very noisy area, speech can sound quite soft or gets mixed up with other conflicting noises. It’s then much harder for your child to pick up specific sounds and understand you.
Using remote microphone technology can help to overcome these challenges.

How does it work?

You wear a small microphone/ transmitter. Whenever you speak the microphone will pick up the sound.
Your speech then travels to a receiver that feeds through directly to your child’s hearing aid or implant. The sounds are not affected by distance or conflicting noise going on around you. What you’re saying will sound loud and clear in your child’s ears, as if you are right beside them.

Benefits

Remote microphone technology has great benefits for all children with hearing loss. There have been a lot of developments in recent years, making the technology very flexible and easy to use.

A variety of remote microphones styles and systems are now available. Some are designed to be worn by the speaker. There are also hand-held remote microphones that can be passed around (for example, among students in a classroom), and other versions that can be held and controlled by the person wearing the hearing aids. Some remote microphones are also designed to be put on a table and pick up the voices of the people sitting around the table (for example, at a dinner table).

Remote microphone technology at school

Remote microphone systems can be an important part of school for most children with hearing loss. They enable a child to better participate in a wide variety of home and social situations, including:

  • Car trips, public transport and travel

  • Shopping trips and eating out

  • Sports and coaching activities

  • Walking and bike riding.

  • Listening to music or enjoying entertainment

Before considering remote microphone technology, it’s important that your child is using their hearing aids consistently.