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Hear the Teacher's Voice Clearly

Listening to a teacher in the classroom can be very difficult if you're hard of hearing. The average ambient noise level is around 70dB at these venues. The noise between the speaker and the listener and poor room acoustics can contribute to a diffuse and often unintelligible sound even if you are wearing hearing aids.

Solution 1

Use Conversor Pro with the microphone set to directional mode - this focuses on the voice of the person speaking. The teacher uses the microphone transmitter on directional mode and can hold it as a normal microphone, wear it around their neck on a lanyard or place on the table in front of them. Alternatively, if the pupil is sitting in the front row of the class the pupil can hold the microphone transmitter and point it towards the teacher or another pupil who may be asking a question.

Conversor Pro can be used with hearing aids set to the T or Telecoil setting, with one or two earbuds or with a set of headphones. When used with headphones Conversor devices can amplify the sound source sufficiently to help the listener. With a hearing aid the aid will do most of the amplification and match the sound to compensate for the type of hearing loss you suffer from. In this mode, the Conversor Pro acts as a communication device which significantly reduces ambient and background noise.

Solution 2

The Listenor Pro is an amplified listening device which has an omni-directional microphone fitted as standard, but can be used with a directional microphone for focussing on a particular speaker’s voice. Listenor Pro can be used with headphones or earbud(s) or an inductive loop for wireless connection to the hearing aid. This is only effective for small groups or rooms where the speaker is no more than 5 metres away from the microphone and the pupil is sitting in the front rows of the classroom.

Solution 3

For older pupils the lesson can be recorded using a directional microphone and a voice recorder allowing the listener to concentrate on the speaker and understand what is being said using either a Conversor Pro or a Listenor Pro. If there are any gaps in understanding, these can be addressed later by reviewing the audio recording. The Conversor Pro Recorder allows the individual to bookmark key parts of the discussion group as they are recording.

Solution 4

Conversor Pro can be used as a wireless microphone using an adapter cable plugged into the Conversor Pro receiver. The microphone transmitter is placed next to the speaker and the Conversor Pro Recorder controlled by the listener. The pupil can wear a second Conversor Pro receiver to hear the teacher speaking.

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