Re: Zoom has incorporated Captions #ZoomCaptions

Julie Olson HLAA in Wisconsin/Appleton

Thank you again Carolyn. I responded to your personal message prior to seeing this one.  Neckloops are wonderful. I actually bought 5 of them on eBay this summer for $11 each, and have given them to people who have never tried them to use.  I’ve never found the M/T feature helpful because of even a small bit of background noise. So, when I use the neckloop on my computer it brings great sound to me from others, but I can’t hear myself and tend to talk louder than I should.


I’m looking for a device that will allow me to hear and also to project. In other words something with a microphone connected to it.  Like the headphones that have a microphone that some people are using. It just has to be capable of being used with my CI processor and my HA. Not sure I would use telecoils if the ear muff would allow sound via my personal devices.


I was prepared to call Best Buy to purchase such a device if it exists. We have a Zoom social for our HLAA chapter this evening. Since I’ve been told that my internal computer mike doesn’t project well, I thought I’d try to remedy that.  The external mike I have cuts off sound coming in from others. That is an old Radio Shack mike. Works great for others to hear me, but I want to hear them too. J


Will figure this out. I appreciate everyone’s input.


Julie Olson

HLAA in Wisconsin


From: [] On Behalf Of Carolyn Odio
Sent: Monday, December 14, 2020 10:16 AM
Subject: Re: [HLAATech] Zoom has incorporated Captions


Julie, I use a "telecoil" solution. Telecoil is like having "noise cancelling headphones built into my hearing aids". I have two hearing aid settings--one is noise cancelling and the other allows the background noise.

I use a ClearSounds CLA7v2 neckloop with a standard 25 foot audio cord. I plug it in to whatever device I need to hear -- computer, iPhone (newer iPhone needs a $5 adapter), TV, and any device that has a standard headphone jack. I use it for all computer zoom calls. I will send more info to your email. This is a non-bluetooth solution since 1) my TV does not have bluetooth and 2) bluetooth can have it's own connection problems. Cost: $30 for the neckloop (costs more now, if you can even find it); $11 for the audio cord; and telecoil installed in my hearing aids at no additional cost. Great cost & great sound both in and out.

The California Mid-Peninsula HLAA Chapter had a "Connections" meeting (once a month dealing with technology). We discussed this issue and here are additional solutions:

1) Here is Eliot's contribution:
"The device I described is the Sennheiser Model TR820.This model is several years old, so there may be a newer version available." Link to Amazon: Sennheiser

2) Here is a mic recommended by Jaynie: Blue Yeti Mic

I am sure others on this stream will  have more recommendations...

Carolyn J. Odio

Resident Council Rep
Hearing Loss Group at

(703) 725-8292 iPhone/Text 

Residence: 1835 Circle LN SE, Apt 425, Lacey, WA 98503




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