by Neil Bauman, Ph.D.
A man asked:
How can you get a stereo signal (say out of an iPod) split into a right and a left channel for bilateral cochlear implant (CI) recipients? The female plug from the iPod is 1/8″ stereo. Each CI processor has a DAI [direct audio input] patch cord ending with a 1/8″ mono male plug. Do you know of a splitter that can be plugged into the iPod and then have each DAI from each C.I. plug into it such that there is a receptacle (female plug) for the right channel and the left channel?
The gizmo you need is Radio Shack’s Y adapter Model #274-375. It costs $4.99. Plug the Y adapter into the iPod, then plug the male plugs from the CI cords into the female ‘Y’s. Now you will be able to hear true stereo with bilateral CIs. That’s all there is to it.