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Audio Coupling for Audio Devices

Originally, after having the cochlear implant, I used an accessory that plugged directly into the implant and the computer or MP3 player to listen to music. But it didn’t take long before I tired of the accessory since it required taking off the implant, pulling out a “stopper” and plugging in the audio. The stopper could get lost as that thing was tiny. The accessory also annoyed the heck out of me because the cord would pull on my implant even when I made a makeshift clip to keep it from slipping and pulling.
I went back to the headphone. It was hard to find headphones these days when earbuds are everywhere, which don’t work for hearing aid or cochlear implant wearers. I had a decent headphone, but it was a pain to have the headphone over my hear on top of my cochlear implant. When I went outside, it meant adding sunglasses as a third item to hang on the poor abused ear.
By chance, I came across an accessory that works with my cochlear implant. Instead of hanging over and squishing my ear, it had a lightweight hook-shaped coupling that I can barely feel when tucking it under my cochlear implant. Switch the cochlear implant to T for telephone mode and it worked beautifully.
The Music-Link audio coupling works with MP3 players, DVD players TV and anything with a standard 3.5 mm stereo plug. Sensorcom offers mono (one hearing device) and binaural (dual hearing devices) versions. Since Sensorcom is a UK-based company, US-based SoundBytes sells the same mono and binaural headsets.
The headset works with T-coil compatible devices. So anything with T-coil (telephone mode as I call it) works with the headset — I believe all hearing aids and cochlear implants come with them nowadays. The accessory is supposed to cut out static (background noises that sound like humming because you’re near electronics). I still experienced it, but maybe not as bad.

2 comments

  1. Jena Canote

    I have been looking for this type of stero plug to use with my ipod and blackberry. I received my CI 11 months ago. Next week, I upgrade my processer. All the wires, cables, hooks, and switching them around, overwhelmed me. Do you still use this? I placed an order and hope this is an easyer solution. I would love any additional input on this type of subject. TYVM
    sk Jena

  2. Meryl

    This sort of thing will work. I like it because it plugs into any typical stereo / headphone jack and it’s lightweight unlike headphones that press on your implant. It shouldn’t matter if you upgrade to a new device in six months — as long as it has a t-coil.

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