This message was sent to me in reply to my question about the other uses of
t-coils. I thought that this would be of interest to other dispensing
audiologists. After reading the SHHH position on t-coils, I am trying to
counsel patients on their many uses, and am fitting them whenever possible.
David J. Coffin, M.A., CCC-A, FAAA
>From: markross at uconnvm.uconn.edu>To: coffin at worldnet.att.net>Comments: Authenticated sender is <markross at uconnvm.uconn.edu>
>Subject: SHHH "T" coil position
>Date: Tue, 16 Apr 96 20:42:33 +0000
>>I picked up your note on "T" coils on bionet, but unfortunately I
>haven't figured out how to reply, so this is going to you personally
>(you can post if you wish).
>>The main reason for the "T" coil position paper, besides the
>usefullness of a "T" on the phone was its potential usefulness as an
>assistive listening device. Of course, it can be used with a floor
>loop, and there are a number of these around, but this is not the
>only "loop" available. People like myself use a neckloop to
>inductively couple the output from an FM or IR system to my hearing
>aids. Works a lot better than for me than earphones, and a lot more
>convenient. I can also couple the output from an in-line telephone
>amplifier with a neckloop to my hearing aids (via "T" coils). I can
>also couple the output of a telephone answering machine, my TV set,
>etc. Any device with an audio output. All of this requires good "T"
>coils and this is why SHHH made the recommendation.
>> What often happens is that "t" coils are not recommended because
>they take up more room, add a little more money, or the dispensor is
>not sufficiently familiar with ALD's, and people find out about these
>other uses and get a little annoyed. They feel that they've not been
>counseled well, and they haven't. In my opinion, the hearing aids of
>anybody who has a moderate hearing loss or more should include "T"