Have you ever wished your soothing voice and nourishing words could be right next to your baby, even if you weren’t by their side? Wouldn’t it be remarkable if your child could hear everything you were saying even while you’re across the room or they’re playing outside? Well, your child actually can — when you wear a remote microphone.
Remote microphones (RMs) can make a big difference in how much your child hears, especially at a distance or in a noisy environment. Ready to learn more about remote mics so your child doesn’t miss a moment of listening and learning? Let’s get started!
A remote microphone (RM) is a two-piece device.
Typically, RMs use radio, Bluetooth, or light waves to send the sounds from the microphone to the receiver. There are different kinds of remote microphones that work with hearing aids, cochlear implants, or bone conduction systems.
Your child’s hearing device may actually come with a remote microphone that you can use.You can begin using it right away! Your pediatric audiologist can help you select and program the RM that works best for your child.
The RM helps your baby hear you even when they're not close to you or are in a noisy environment. That’s most of the places your baby spends time! By overcoming the communication barriers of noise and distance, remote microphones can increase both the quantity and quality of information that reaches your child’s brain — which then becomes their knowledge, skills, and understanding!
In the past, RM systems were mostly used in classroom settings. But they’re not just for school anymore! We now know that infants and toddlers can benefit from personal RM systems. For school-aged children, remote microphones can also be used in other settings like sports practice, band, or after-school clubs. At any age, being able to hear in all environments is so important for interacting with others and for academic learning.
Studies have found that use of a remote mic at home increases the number of words the child is able to hear by as many as 5,300 words per day! Using RMs increases parent-child conversations and serves as a reminder that you should play the role of “narrator” to fully expose your child to language throughout their day.
Positive child behaviors have been noted when the RM is used at home, including:
If you have more questions about getting started with remote mics, talk to your pediatric audiologist. They can answer your questions, will make sure your child’s RM is working well, and they’ll make sure you know how to use it and care for it. Your LSL interventionist will coach you about how and when to use the RM system.
Use the RM daily with your child to help grow their auditory brain! By helping them hear the full range of speech and language that surrounds them, you’re making sure they don’t miss a moment of listening and learning.
Want to learn more about remote microphones? Watch pediatric audiologist Dr. Carol Flexer, Ph.D., CCC/A, LSLS Cert. AVT, explain how remote microphones make a difference in our Living LSL webinar.
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