Plantronics/Jabra Hearing Aid Compatible (HAC) Headsets for office phone:
Almost 16% of adults suffer from hearing loss. In Europe about 71 million of the working population have a hearing loss greater than 25 dB. Here’s how HeadsetPlus.com can help:
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 hearing aid compatilbe 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
We recommend that add Plantronics SupraPlus Circumaural Leather Ear Cushions, so the headset “surrounds” your hearing aids, the end results of the Plantronics H261H looks something like this:
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 HAC 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 Telecoil hearing aid compatible headset. It has a noise canceling microphone, where as the Plantronics models does not.
Note: Jabra headset require a GN Netcom 8000 amplifier (recommended). 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 Desk phone Compatible Systems:
You may use the Plantronics MDA220 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. Incoming audio from a desk phone is sent via Bluetooth to the Pendant. Incoming audio is then sent from the Pendant to the T-Coil hearing aid(s) via induction. The Pendant (neck loop) typically has a built-in microphone. It captures the user’s voice which is then sent out to the desk phone or MDA220 via Bluetooth. Desk phones do not pair with the hearing aid itself, it pairs with the Bluetooth Pendant. (No headsets are used in these situations.)
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+
The Neck loop/pendant (made by Clarity, Phonak, Oticon, Siemens, Unitron, Starkey) has a built-in microphone. It captures the user’s voice, then sent to the desk phone via the MDA220 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.
Wireless Solution for use for soft phone one a computer:
To use the Bluetooth hearing aid on a PC for a soft phone application, you simply need the BT300 or a Plantronics SSP2714 and a Bluetooth hearing aid compatible pendant (Bluetooth dongle attached to the PC) then you’re all set to go.
Optional Plantronics HL10 Handset Lifter or EHS cables are also compatible with with the MDA220. Fee free to call one of our headset experts at HeadsetPlus.com (650-306-9768) if you need further assistance.
*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.