Plantronics/Jabra Hearing Aid Compatible (HAC) Headsets for office telephones
Plantronics/Jabra Hearing Aid Compatible (HAC) Headsets for office phone:
Many hearing aids today have EIA 504 standard telecoils (some refer them as t-switch or t-coil). Telecoils are used in place of the microphone to pick up sound from magnetic source such as a telephone handset. Telecoils also eliminates feedback and reduces background noise. All landline phones (and some cell phone) are required by law to be Telecoil compatible.
Plantronics SupraPlus headsets model H251H, H261H are special headsets fitted with HAC Telecoil speakers and, therefore, they emit very high levels of magnetic energy. These headsets are compatible with BTE and ITE aids providing, of course, they have telecoils built in.
Plantronics Corded Hearing Aid Compatible (HAC) headsets:
Plantronics H251H HAC Telecoil Compatible Headset: Built with special HAC speakers and, typically, will work better with tele-coil (T-coil) hearing aids.
Plantronics H261H Binaural HAC Telecoil Compatible Headset: Built with special HAC speakers and, typically, will work better with telecoil (T-Coil) hearing aids
Plantronics HW251 SupraPlus Wideband Voice Tube Headset : Extended frequency response which may improve intelligibility when used with non-telecoil hearing aids
Plantronics HW251N SupraPlus Wideband Ultra Noise Canceling: Extended frequency response which may improve intelligibility when used with non-telecoil hearing aids)
Note: These Plantronics headsets require the Plantronics M22 Vista amplifier to work (except for the phones with headset jacks, which only require a Plantronics bottom cable, call for compatibility).
Other Plantronics Headsets are not hearing aid compatible because they don't meet the EIA 504 standard or physically incompatible.
Jabra/GN Corded Hearing Aid Compatible Headsets (Telecoil Compatible):
GN 2125 Noise Canceling Telecoil headset for Hearing Impaired - This is the only Jabra/GN Telecoil compatible headset
Note: Jabra headset require a GN Netcom 8000 amplifier. For telephones with built-in headset ports (ie Nortel, NEC, Cisco), an amplifier is not necessary, you only need the GN Netcom 1200 Smart Cord
Bluetooth Hearing Aid pendant Compatible Headsets:
You may use the Plantronics MDA200 with a SSP-2714-01 Bluetooth Dongle (56bit security*) or the Plantronics BT300 Bluetooth Dongle (128 bit security*). The Plantronics SSP-2714 is a version of the BT300 that has a lower security level. It used with many of the older pendants/neck loops. The Plantronics dongles are specially designed for Bluetooth Hearing Aids Pendant systems. It's known to be compatible with the following Bluetooth hearing aids: Phonak ComPilot, Oticon Streamer, Phonak iCom, Phonak Unitron uDirect, Rexton Remote, Mini Blu RCU and Blu RCU, Siemens Mini-Tek, ClearSounds Quatro, Starkey SurfLink, Widex M-Dex, Noizfree Beetle H-3ST Neckloop and ReSound Unite Phone Clip+
Incoming sound from the desk phone, cell phone, PC or MDA200 is sent via Bluetooth to the pendant. then the audio is sent from the Pendant to the T-coil hearing aid via induction. Phones do not pair with the hearing aid itself, it pairs with the Bluetooth Pendant (Neck Loop).
The Pendant Typically has a built-in microphone. It captures the user's voice, then sent to the desk phone via the MDA200 via Bluetooth. No headsets are needed.
If your hearing aid does not include a Bluetooth Neckloop pendant (to talk into), you will need to purchase a hearing aid pendant (streamer) separately. Otherwise, you have no microphone to speak into.
*application Note: The customer must determine the security level of their Bluetooth Neck loop Pendant.
Also see Phonak ComPilot (UniTron uDirect2) installation/user guide for some sample installation and user instructions.
An optional Plantronics HL10 Handset Lifter with the MDA200
See our blog on How to Connect a Bluetooth Hearing Aid to an Office Telephone and Pairing your Bluetooth Hearing Aid to the MDA200/SSP2714-01