by Neil Bauman, Ph.D.
A man explained:
On one of the C.I. [cochlear implant] discussion boards, we’ve been having a discussion that I’m certain you can help with. We are discussing how to get a stereo signal (say out of an iPod) split into a right and a left channel for bilateral C.I. recipients. The female plug from the iPod is 1/8″. Each C.I. processor has a DAI [direct audio input] cord with a 1/8″ male plug. Do you know of a splitter/Y-adapter 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? Please let me know if you know of any such device.
The gizmo you want is Radio Shack’s Y adapter Model #274-375. Cost is only $4.99. You plug the Y adapter into the iPod and plug the two mono patch cords into each side of the Y and from there, one to each of the CIs. This should work slick. (Note: If your CI patch cords have stereo plugs on them, then this solution won’t work.)
I’m going to post your information to the list and reference your excellent website discussion of Music Links and their stereo capabilities. I remember from reading your website that what we are trying to accomplish can be done via t-coils and using the Music Links.
That is true. The Music-Links would plug into the iPod and if your CI and/or hearing aids have t-coils, you’d hear in stereo. In fact, you could do this with one hearing aid and one cochlear implant if both have t-coils.