Hearing Aide Use with Mountain Lion

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  1. applepackard macrumors newbie

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    Hello. Does anyone know what advancements have been made to OS X Mountain Lion that allow use of a Telecoil in most hearing aids for the deaf? I am anxious to know the specifics.
     
  2. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    telecoil is hardware. How would a software update help?
     
  3. Mike Boreham macrumors 65816

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    I have a Bellman Domino Pro system. Using just the neck loop plugged into the headphone socket means the sound is played through the loop system to my hearing aids set on Telecoil of course.

    The Domino Pro is top end, and is useful in a great many other situations and configurations. If you just want the loop bit you can buy it for about £40. Don't know how much you know about all this, but the Domino Pro system has changed my life.

    Best place to buy this stuff is Action on Hearing Loss. Used to be called RNID.
     
  4. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    But how is this related to Mountain Lion, or even OSx for that matter???
     
  5. NeoMayhem macrumors 6502a

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    I think you need to watch the Keynote again. Hearing Aid compatibility is one of the new accessibility features they announced.
     
  6. Mike Boreham macrumors 65816

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    Well pretty obviously not! Sorry to go slightly off topic. Basically I was agreeing with you, hearing aid induction loops and telecoils are hardware issues and I don't see how Mountain Lion or any other software is going to interact with hearing aids via the telecoil. Maybe I will be pleasantly surprised when ML is released.

    There might be benefits in Accessibility for hearing impaired people via alerts or subtitles or something, and I think Apple claims compatibility for iPhones as in not causing interference.

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    I agree, there must be some basis for the Keynote comment, so I am intrigued, but can't believe it can use the telecoils.

    Can't find anything with Google, except references to iPhones and hearing aids.
     
  7. negativzero macrumors 6502

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    Gonna hijack this a little. I'm not hearing impaired or anything but I'm just curious, how do hearing impaired people use computers? Isn't the hearing aid enough? I know visually handicapped people have that reader thing but do hearing impaired people need audio enhancements to the OS?
     
  8. Comeagain? macrumors 68020

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    I believe you are confused. Only the iPhone had any mention of hearing aids, AFAIK.
     
  9. Mike Boreham macrumors 65816

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    Depends on your degree of hearing loss. Hearing aids help a lot but do not restore normal hearing. Plugging my loop into the computer and having the sound transmit directly to my hearing aids is much clearer than hearing though the speakers. Headphones in combination with hearing aids is not comfortable (depends on type of aid).

    I don't see that the OS can can provide audio enhancements for hearing impaired people, except via subtitles and alerts, but I am open to being pleasantly surprised.
     
  10. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    OSx does not need hearing aid compatibility. There might be something in the iPhone, which is where you would want telecoil.

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    Seriously? You do not need any hearing to use computers. I have bilateral cochlear implants, and with them off I am deaf as a stone, but still perfectly capable of using computers.

    Telecoil capability is built into the hearing aids at the receiver.
     
  11. applepackard thread starter macrumors newbie

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    In regards to this subject on OS X ML & Telecoils

    A brief tidbit was mentioned at the WWDC. I was there. We are waiting to hear more. Apple is trying to reach out more to Deaf and Hard of Hearing (D/HOH) people, as well as other people with disabilities. It is a challenge.

    For those of you who do not know anything about D/HOH people wonder what this topic has to do with OS X and Mountain Lion, it is all about software. Blackberry for the longest time has had telecoil accessability in there devices. For those who do not know--texting began wide spread use with the D/HOH population. It was a rough ride, then it caught on with the hearing population and BOOM it was everywhere. It is technology that opened the world for many deaf people. And some of that applause is due to Apple software and other developers who were at the WWDC to work on this issue of accessibility. :apple:
     
  12. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    The telecoil stuff is part of IOS 6, just software. Still nothing to do with OSx. And I am deaf as a stone.
     

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