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Old 12-23-2019, 10:51 AM
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Default Deaf pilots

Just wondering if there are any pilots here with severe hearing loss using two hearing aids who've come up with a solution to properly amplify the radio.

I ask because yesterday I flew with a friend in his RV-7 for the first time since I lost (most) hearing in the remaining "good ear" and while I could make out what he was saying on the intercom (it helps that I could see his lips while trying to make out what he was saying), the calls on the radio were another story entirely.

We could boost the radio to a higher level (I had the level on my Zulu II headsets pushed all the way up), but at that point, it was too distorted to be able to understand anything.

The hearing aids I have can receive a Bluetooth signal, which I use with a device (ComPilot) for my cellphone, pushing the audio directly into the hearing aids, but I'm unaware of any similar device for flight radios.

I know deaf pilots are probably a very small number but I'd be interested in any experiences anyone on here has had on the subject.
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Old 12-23-2019, 11:24 AM
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Hi Bob, I don't have any advice on your question, but happy to see you posting again! Regards, Mickey
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Old 12-23-2019, 12:05 PM
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I have Specsavers completely in the ear aids which are the same as the Signia Silk NX AIDS. I can wear my headset over the aids and this works well boosting all audio from the headset without any feedback. My hearing loss is not all that severe so I usually remove or turn off the aids when flying.

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Old 12-23-2019, 12:09 PM
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Bob,

My daughter has Oticon's that receive over BT. We have a BT transmitter wired to the headphone jack with a 1/8" to 1/4" phone adapter.

https://www.amazon.com/Mpow-Bluetoot...s%2C186&sr=8-7

https://www.amazon.com/Stereo-Copper...%2C191&sr=8-13.

She wears regular David Clarks over her hearing aids, and can hear the COM/Intercom chatter

Cheers!

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Old 12-23-2019, 01:06 PM
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Bob, I would consider seeing if you qualify for a cochlear implant. They can be life changing and work very well with headsets. I fly professionally with one and I am totally deaf without it. Feel free to PM me and I will discuss it with you.
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Old 12-23-2019, 02:53 PM
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Bob,

My daughter has Oticon's that receive over BT. We have a simple BT transmitter wired to the headphone jack with a simple 1/8" to 1/4" phone adapter.

https://www.amazon.com/Mpow-Bluetoot...s%2C186&sr=8-7

https://www.amazon.com/Stereo-Copper...%2C191&sr=8-13.

She wears regular David Clarks over her hearing aids, and can hear the COM/Intercom chatter

Cheers!

B
Awesome. I will test this next. Who'd like to host the test platform?
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Old 12-23-2019, 02:56 PM
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Bob, I would consider seeing if you qualify for a cochlear implant. They can be life changing and work very well with headsets. I fly professionally with one and I am totally deaf without it. Feel free to PM me and I will discuss it with you.
George
We've discussed it but I'm not at that point for everyday living quite yet.

Interestingly, I'm an usher at Target Field, which is VERY challenging for a hearing impaired person. But I can function OK .

Just goes to show the extreme sound environment of an airplane.
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Old 12-23-2019, 03:06 PM
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There is a pilot here at Moontown that seems to have solved his hearing aid/avionics integration issues long ago. I will see if I can have him contact you.
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Old 12-23-2019, 03:23 PM
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That's great, Dan. Thank you. If you want, give him my email, bcollinsrv7a@centurylink.net.
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Old 12-23-2019, 05:32 PM
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Default Hearing loss

My problem has been completely solved by using an in ear headset. I have Zulu II?s and Bose A20?s and struggle. I switched to Halo in ear and now have no issues with volume or understanding . I am going to stay with the in ear for the ability to hear properly, the comfort factor is a added +.

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