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      Assistive technology to help during education

      Schools, colleges and universities can be challenging if you have hearing loss. Many areas are extremely noisy, with lots of people talking in large rooms. But, if you do need more than hearing aids to get the most out of your education, there's lots of assistive technology that can help.

      Remote microphones

      The acoustics in classrooms and lecture halls are often poor, and if your teacher is far away it's even harder to hear them speak. By placing a remote microphone closer to the person speaking, you'll be able to hear them loud and clear in your hearing aids without being affected by all the noise around the room.

      FM systems

      FM systems are similar to remote microphones, but they use radio waves to transmit sounds. So, unlike with a remote microphone, several people can pick up the same signal from one transmitter. This means they're easier to use in classrooms, as the teacher doesn't have to carry several microphones.

      Bluetooth streamers

      The great advantage of using a Bluetooth streamer is that you can easily control the volume, programme and settings of your hearing aids. You can also control the settings of any other assistive device connected to the hearing aids, for example a remote microphone.

      A Bluetooth streamer also allows you to connect, via Bluetooth, to audio devices such as smartphones, tablets and laptops. This is handy for when watching videos or completing online lessons and assessments. They can also be helpful by allowing you to record lessons or bits of important information which you can then playback into your hearing aids.

      Speech to text (STT)

      Using speech-to-text software for note-taking is a great way to catch up on something you may have missed. The accuracy and speed of these services can vary but, in general, dictation software and apps usually provide the best translations.

      Loop systems

      Loop systems are usually available in large lecture theatres or big public places. The sound transmitted into a loop system will be channelled directly into your hearing aids if you've adjusted them to this setting.