[BCAB] Hearing Aids and Directional Hearing

henry at henryandangela.co.uk henry at henryandangela.co.uk
Wed Mar 20 11:17:31 GMT 2019


Hi Takis

Any chance of resubmitting this report to the list? Sounds very interesting
- sorry for the pun <smiles>.

Best wishes
Henry


-----Original Message-----
From: Παναγιωτης Αντωνοπουλος <pantonop at windtools.gr> 
Sent: 20 March 2019 10:36
To: 'BCAB Discussion List' <bcab at lists.bcab.org.uk>
Subject: Re: [BCAB] Hearing Aids and Directional Hearing

Hi Tim-all,
Being a long time user of hearing aids, I would say that, in normal
situations where a hearing aid simply strengthens sound from where it comes
without being heard through your aid, directional sense is kept albeit
perhaps, not so strong as when without a hearing aid. However, if you use a
very advanced hearing aid such as the Phonak AB90 I use, in conjunction with
a device that relays sound via bluetooth or an audio wire directly within
your hearing aid, then there is no sense of direction, although the sound is
much clearer. This is a situation wherein technology serves the hearing
impaired, not the blind person, and cannot cope for either situation. I have
written a lengthy report in response to Iain's query on this list. By typing
hearingids"Ithink, you might be able to retrace it within our archives.
			Hope this helps,
				Take care,
			Takis 

-----Original Message-----
From: tim.pennick--- via Bcab [mailto:bcab at lists.bcab.org.uk]
Sent: Wednesday, March 20, 2019 11:44 AM
To: 'BCAB Discussion List'
Cc: tim.pennick at btinternet.com
Subject: [BCAB] Hearing Aids and Directional Hearing

Hi All,

 

I'm considering the use of hearing aids, but would be interested to know
from current users whether the use of hearing aids allows you to hear what
direction sounds are coming from?  I've never come across a discussion of
this issue and how it relates to use of hearing aids by blind users.  I can
imagine that it might be impossible to hear which direction a sound is
coming from, and also unlikely that the phenomenon variously referred to as
sound shadows etc would be perceivable using hearing aids.

 

Interested in experiences of blind hearing aid users.

 

Regards and thanks,

 

Tim Pennick

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