by Neil Bauman, Ph.D.
A man wrote:
Dr. Neil: I have question. Are there cell phones that have the t-coil built in so you just hold the cell phone close and sound jumps to hearing aids t-coil? Thus, use of Music Links or neckloops are not necessary?
I’ve got good news for you. Yes—most cell phones are that way now. Therefore, all you need to do is hold your cell phone up to your hearing aid (in t-coil mode) and listen. If you hear well without any interference, that is all you need.
However, some phones and hearing aids still have too much interference (typically a loud buzzing) and by using the Music Links, you keep the phone far enough away from your hearing aids that you do not get this interference. (The interference drops off rapidly with increasing distance.) That is one reason to use the Music links.
Another reason you might want to use the Music Links is to have hands-free use—for when you are driving. If you have a Bluetooth enabled phone, using a Bluetooth neckloop would have these same two advantages.