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Personal listeners

Personal listeners are small, personal amplifiers that are used for communicating with other people in noisy places, in the workplace or during group activities. They can also be used to help enjoy music or TV better.

Here are some facts about personal listeners:

  • They either come as a single unit or as separate transmitter-and-receiver unit that works in a similar way to radio aids. 
  • The transmitter has a directional microphone and some are also fitted with an omnidirectional microphone. The directional microphone captures the sound from the person speaking who is either wearing the transmitter, or has it pointing at them. If the transmitter also has an omnidirectional microphone, then it will pick up sound from all around – ideal for meetings.
  • A deaf person can listen to the output from the receiver by using direct input leads, a neckloop, headphones, earbuds or a stethoset.
  • Personal listeners are probably best suited to older children or young adults who might be less self-conscious about using them.