Friday, January 1, 2010

Cochlear Handy hint - microphone

This may apply to some hearing aids as well - I don't know
With your Cochlear Implant, freedom style you may have received an extension lapel microphone.
Here's a technique I have found to be quite handy, when out in the backyard - against cicadas, birds aeroplanes, wind and background noise.
  • Connect the lapel microphone to your speech processor - get your audiologist to show you if you don't know how.
  • Using a piece of velcro or sticky tape attach the microphone body to a chopstick on bamboo skewer, say 30cm long.
  • Now you can 'interview' your guests - this puts the microphone closer to them by 0.5m. I find the 'noise reduction' setting to be the most effective.
  • Also - too much wind? In the TV/video industry they use a fluffy microphone called a 'dead cat'. They don't exist in the size we need - 1cm x 2cm.
  • I have used a spectacle soft drawstring bag to good effect and will try a finger from a children's glove. This will fit better and be less cumbersome.

More tips as they come to hand...

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