Question: I understand that there are LED indicators on the Baha 4 Sound Processor itself, and all of the wireless accessories to indicate when the battery is getting low. For users who are visually impaired, are there also audio indicators too? Such as alert tones or actual voice prompts (Phonak use this approach in their products).
Finally, I understand that it is possible to use the Baha 4 System as a bluetooth headset via the phone clip. Is it possible to connect to a PC or phone which does not support bluetooth, either by 3.5mm jack or USB? Would this be done via the mini microphone accessory?
Are there any plans to bring out an accessory to connect to a land line phone or to connect to VoIP handsets? The ability to connect to an induction loop?
Answer: Hi Chris, thanks for your questions. Yes it is possible to use the Baha 4 System just like a Bluetooth headset. Simply identify and connect to it from your telephone and it will be just like a standard headset. As you say if your computer or phone does not have Bluetooth (check the computer though, if it has wifi it often times should have Bluetooth – but may need to be enabled) then you can connect directly via the 3.5 mm jack on the Mini Microphone. A 3.5 mm cable is included with the Mini Microphone to make this simple. I have done this many times and it is probably the simplest way to wirelessly stream. Very straightforward!
If you have a landline phone or VOIP system, have a check to see if there is a 3.5 mm jack connection as a number of models have this. The other solution as you point out is that you can connect a telecoil (induction loop system) to the Baha sound processor. This is like a small additional antenna which enables connection to telecoil systems which may be in your phone, or large areas such as train stations, churches, museums, theatres and wherever else you see the T loop symbol.
~ Mark C. Flynn, PhD Audiologist, Cochlear Bone Anchored Solutions