A group listening device, used at day cares or schools, facilitates the child’s hearing by cutting out the effect of distance and background noise. Hearing aid devices use a variety of technologies, of which the most common in schools is a FM system that works on radio frequencies.
How does a FM system work?
The apparatus comprises of a transmitter (teacher) and a receiver (student). The student listens with the help of the ear hook (integrated to the aids or processors) or neck loop that is connected to the device. The receiver can also be connected to an audio source with a branched cable, in which case listening to the television, Smart Boards or sound recordings is also possible without interference. Instead of a personal receiver, it is also possible to use a speaker system, which amplifies the teacher’s voice to be heard by the entire class. The hearing of a hearing impaired student can be affected with the location of the speaker.
Who is the FM system for?
The need for an FM system is assessed at a hearing centre. For example, the degree of the child’s hearing impairment and the kindergarten/school conditions affect the need. The more severe the hearing impairment is, the more important the significance of non-interfered listening becomes.
How can we get an FM system?
Listening auxiliary tools to be used at primary schools can be obtained from hearing centres and in cooperation with a rehabilitation counsellor, it is aimed to find an individually suitable solution for each child.
From the 7th grade of comprehensive school, it is possible to apply for a listening assistive device from Kela. In this case, the studies must aim for vocational education and accessing employment. A student at comprehensive school shall attach an implementation plan of vocational education and the necessity of the auxiliary tools for their studies to the application. (Kela).