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NARRATOR 1: Paige and Mary in a living room.

PAIGE: Mary, I’m going to show you a personal listening system, and this is mainly for one-on-one communication, and you have a headset, and you have a microphone, which acts as your receiver, and a transmitter, and you control the volume on this also. So if you put the headset on and I hold the microphone—and there’s a roll dial that you can turn the volume off and on. So if you’ll turn it to where the volume is comfortable for you.

NARRATOR 1: Mary turns the dial.

PAIGE: This way you can talk to someone in the car if you’re riding with them, or someone who’s next to you.

MARY: How about if, say, I’m in the living room and the other person is in the kitchen?

PAIGE: No. You could not talk to them with a device like this.

You know, I have a lot of senior citizens who are in nursing homes, they don’t want to wear a hearing aid, but something like this that will amplify the sound does very well for them. I can take the microphone out of here and I have a 12-foot cord, I can put the microphone up close to the television, and then you can hear the television clearer.

NARRATOR 1: She places the mic near the television speaker.

PAIGE: And you control the volume just like you did with the other system. It just gives you another option.

NARRATOR 2: The severity and type of hearing loss, along with personal habits, abilities, and preferences, play a role in determining the type of listening device best suited for a user. Try out different devices before deciding on which device will work for you. Seek professional training in the proper use of the device, and practice its use in different settings.