5aPP14. Application of frequency modulation technology to children.

Session: Friday Morning, December 6

Time: 11:30

Author: Barbara Franklin
Location: Dept. of Special Education, San Francisco State Univ., 1600 Holloway Ave., San Francisco, CA 94132


Classrooms provide a poor acoustical environment for children who have a hearing loss. Frequency modulation (FM) systems can reduce the signal-to-noise problems of hearing aids by providing a constant sound pressure of the speaker's voice. A new type of FM receiver combines the hearing aid and the FM system in a single behind-the-ear unit (BTE/FM). This new BTE/FM system eliminates the body-worn case as well as all loops and cords. A new product, which will shortly be introduced into the market, is an FM system, where all the components are contained in the ``boot'' which is then attached to the bottom of the hearing case. In this way, the hearing aid itself converts into an FM system. This paper will discuss this new technology and its contribution to children with a combined hearing and vision loss. [Work supported by OSERS.]

ASA 132nd meeting - Hawaii, December 1996