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      Working and studying – technology that helps

      When you have a profound hearing loss, it can be a real struggle to fulfil your potential at work, school or college. If you're a sign language user, there's no real substitute for a translator. But, where this isn't available, some of these technologies can help.

      Bluetooth streamer

      Bluetooth streamers not only allow you to hear the audio of a Bluetooth device directly into your hearing aids and cochlear implant, but they also allow you to control the sound of your device. This means that you can personalise your sound settings easily, depending on where you are – useful if you're moving between different sound 'environments'.

      Remote microphone

      You're likely to find a remote microphone the most helpful 'piece of kit' for having a one-to-one conversation in a noisy place. You place it close to the person speaking and the sound it picks up is transmitted straight into your hearing aids (or cochlear implant). Some remote microphones are also designed to pick up sounds from all around – if you put it in the centre of the room or group of people. You can control some remote microphones with a remote control or an app so that you can adjust the sound you want to hear and enhance the speech over background noise levels to suit you.

      Speech to text (STT)

      Using speech-to-text software to take notes can be a good way to make sure you don't miss anything. Accuracy and speed can vary, however in general, dictation software and apps usually provide the best translations.

      Apps

      There's a wide range of apps using STT, remote microphones, translating services and many other helpful services. Find out more about apps and whether they may be of help to you in our apps pages.