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Intro to Remote Mic Systems (RMS) for Caregivers and Educational Staff

Intro to Remote Mic Systems (RMS) for Caregivers and Educational Staff

A child using hearing aids and/or implants relies on those devices for access to speech. It can still be difficult for a child with hearing loss to listen in noise, at a distance and with reverberation (echoes). Remote mic systems, also called wireless systems, are designed to facilitate listening. Systems can be used in homes, early childhood and school settings. Remote mics are ordered and set up by audiologists for an individual child. When families, caregivers and educational staff know more about remote mics, they can aim to use the mic regularly to promote a child’s auditory learning!

Intro to Remote Mic System

Reasons to get mics

  • Listening becomes easier
  • Background noise is softer
  • Speech sounds are louder
  • Spoken language is clearer

Process for implementing

  • Audiologists set up systems
  • Parents help develop plan
  • Team guidance given
  • Child reinforced for using

Where to use

  • Adult led activities
  • Teacher lessons
  • Taking turns in discussions
  • Typical tasks, car trips

Types of Mics

  • FM (frequency modulation)
  • DM (digital modulation)
  • Sound field
  • Induction loop

Steps to a plan

  • Keep mic in one place
  • Test batteries daily
  • Adults use consistently
  • Watch for child’s responses

When to turn off/mute

  • Adults speaking to other adults
  • Child leaves room
  • Multiple talkers at same time
  • Student says it is not clear

Send plan for staff to follow:

  • Date and child's name
  • Type of mic and parts
  • When to use daily
  • Where are batteries
  • How to troubleshoot
  • Who /# if help needed

Intro to Remote Mic Systems (RMS) for Caregivers and Educational Staff

A child using hearing aids and/or implants relies on those devices for access to speech. It can still be difficult for a child with hearing loss to listen in noise, at a distance and with reverberation (echoes). Remote mic systems, also called wireless systems, are designed to facilitate listening. Systems can be used in homes, early childhood and school settings. Remote mics are ordered and set up by audiologists for an individual child. When families, caregivers and educational staff know more about remote mics, they can aim to use the mic regularly to promote a child’s auditory learning!

Intro to Remote Mic System

Reasons to get mics

  • Listening becomes easier
  • Background noise is softer
  • Speech sounds are louder
  • Spoken language is clearer

Process for implementing

  • Audiologists set up systems
  • Parents help develop plan
  • Team guidance given
  • Child reinforced for using

Where to use

  • Adult led activities
  • Teacher lessons
  • Taking turns in discussions
  • Typical tasks, car trips

Types of Mics

  • FM (frequency modulation)
  • DM (digital modulation)
  • Sound field
  • Induction loop

Steps to a plan

  • Keep mic in one place
  • Test batteries daily
  • Adults use consistently
  • Watch for child’s responses

When to turn off/mute

  • Adults speaking to other adults
  • Child leaves room
  • Multiple talkers at same time
  • Student says it is not clear

Send plan for staff to follow:

  • Date and child's name
  • Type of mic and parts
  • When to use daily
  • Where are batteries
  • How to troubleshoot
  • Who /# if help needed