by Neil Bauman, Ph.D.
In response to last month’s article “Room Loops—Hearing the TV and People Talking at the Same Time“, a man wrote:
I am a huge fan of my home loop amplifier and thought I’d contribute my experience because what you said about listening to another person while watching TV.
I agree it is futile to try to hear what someone is saying while the loop amplifier is blasting the TV audio through your t-coil, even with the your hearing aid set in the combined t-coil + mic setting, which mine is.
The perfect solution for me is a DVR (digital video recorder), like Tivo or one that comes with most cable or direct TV subscriptions. This way, when my wife wants to talk to me she just hits “pause” on the live TV. Since my hearing aids have both the t-coil and microphone on at the same time, my hearing aids’ microphones pick up what she is saying, and then when she’s finished talking, she hits “play” and the loop kicks right back in. It works great!
Unfortunately my wife still attempts to talk to me without pressing pause sometimes, but after I yell “What” enough times she realizes she needs to pause it. It’s not perfect, but it sure is better than switching the aid out of t coil mode and muting the TV every time.