Difficulty following conversations in noise is perhaps the most common complaint among hearing loss sufferers. The use of hearing aids greatly reduces listening effort in these situations; however, sometimes the use of a remote microphone in conjunction with hearing aids is required.
A remote microphone is worn by the communication partner, clipped onto their lapel. Their voice is picked up and sent to the hearing aids through a streamer. The individual with hearing loss is then able to hear the voice of their communication partner directly through their hearing aids, reducing listening effort significantly. Remote microphones can be used in many listening environments such as in a busy restaurant, in the car, or in a meeting.