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					Using Assistive Listening Devices

A How-To Guide


    Your OPUS 2 processor helps you to connect
    to a world of sound.
    Did you also know that certain features of your
    OPUS 2 can be used to further enhance your
    listening experience?
    Whether on the phone, in the classroom, during
    an important meeting or relaxing while listening
    to music or enjoying a television show, the
    OPUS 2 offers connection options to optimize
    your listening experience.

                              Let’s get started.

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A few simple things
to get you connected:

                                 FineTuner™                                 FM Battery                            Audio Cable   Third-Party
                                 Remote Control                             Pack Cover                                          Receiver Device
                                                                                                                                (telecoil neckloop/silhouette;
                                                                                                                                ear-level receivers, etc.)

                                                                                                                                NOTE: Not supplied by MED-EL

The sleek, simple to use                                                                 MED-EL‘s universal audio cables will
FineTuner remote control gives                                                           work with almost any audio device
you access to all the settings you                                                       (MP3 players, FM systems, PDAs,
need to use your audio processor:                                                        phones, etc.).
                                                                                                                                         iPod® with ClearSounds®
volume, sensitivity, programs,
                                                                                         Audio cables are                                Ampified Neckloop
and telecoil options.
                                                  The FM Battery Pack Cover              used with the
                                                  uses a standard 3-pin port             FM Battery Pack
                                                  that is compatible with many           Cover that is easily
                                                  ear-level wireless receivers and       attached to your audio
                                                  other battery-operated accessories.    processor.

                                                                                                                                                Phonak Microlink
                                                                                                                                                with the OPUS 2
                                                                                                                                                FM Battery Pack Cover

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Using the FineTuner                     ™
                                            Keys on the FineTuner

                                                      Default key
                                                      This key sets volume and microphone sensitivity to predefined
           return to default                          values determined by the audiologist.
          volume and sensitivity                      (NOTE: It does not reset programs)

                                                      Volume keys
               indicator lights                       Two keys to increase or decrease overall loudness. You can
                                                      increase and decrease volume to the maximum and minimum
          one red LED for alarms                      volume set by your audiologist.
    two amber LEDs for functions

                                                      Sensitivity keys
              volume setting                          Two keys to increase or decrease the microphone’s sensitivity.
                                                      Increasing sensitivity brings in more environmental sounds, while
                                                      decreasing sensitivity focuses more on sounds closest to the user.

           sensitivity setting

                                                      Program selection keys
          program selection                           Four keys to access up to four different programs.

                      four settings

              input selection
             M: microphone only
                                                      Input keys
    MT: microphone with telecoil
                                                      Three keys to select the microphone (M), the telecoil (T)
                    T: telecoil only                  or the microphone and telecoil together (MT) as the signal
                                                      source. These keys are independent of all other processor
                                                      settings and can be used with any program selection
        processor selection                           (1,2,3, or 4), volume, or sensitivity setting.
        left, both (bilateral), right
                                                      Processor keys (for bilateral users)
                                                      The processor selection keys allow selecting the left,
                                                      right or both processors. The keys are also used to
                                                      activate or deactivate the keyboard lock feature.

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                                                                                                                       Using an Induction Loop Setup
                                                                                                                       Used in churches, arenas, classrooms, home theaters, etc.

Bringing it all together
                                                                                                                                                                     USING BUILT-IN TELECOIL
                                                                                                                                                                     To activate telecoil, select   or
                                                                                                                                                                     on the FineTuner.

                                                                                                                       TELE-LOOP AMPLIFIER                           Other settings (volume, etc.) can
                                                                                                                                                                     also be adjusted on the amplifier,
                                                                                                                       (connected to TV, entertainment
    Now that you have your equipment,                                                                                  receiver system, a PA system, etc.)
                                                                                                                                                                     the television or FineTuner.

    let‘s put it to work for you.
    The following pages illustrate basic setups
                                                                                     The FineTuner Remote Control,
    and what equipment is needed for each.                                           Audio Cable(s), and FM Battery
                                                                                     Pack Cover are all supplied
                                                                                     by MED-EL.

    Induction Loop Setup: This is a large-area telecoil loop system used in          Third-party receiver devices
    large venues and even in the home. Position yourself anywhere within the         (telecoil neckloop, silhouette,
    “looped” listening area and use the built-in telecoil on your audio processor.   wireless FM receiver, etc.)
                                                                                     can be purchased from many
    Transmitter/Receiver Setup: An audio source is transmitted to a receiver         audiologists or a variety of
    via infrared signals, radio frequency, etc. Depending on the system, you will    online vendors that specialize
    either need to use headphones, a telecoil accessory, an audio cable, or a        in assistive listening devices.
    wireless ear-level receiver.

    Personal Audio Device Setup: Several options are available to connect
    devices like an iPod or portable game system. A telecoil accessory or
    audio cable can be directly connected to the audio device, or a wireless
    connection can be used with an ear-level receiver.

    Phone Setup: A telecoil accessory with a built-in microphone works well
    with most phones. You can also use the built-in telecoil on your processor
    directly with a telecoil-compatible phone.                                                                         LOOP WIRE
                                                                                                                       (installed around the room –
    Bluetooth Device Setup: Some Bluetooth receivers can be connected
                                                                                                                       under carpet or on the ceiling, etc.)
    directly to the audio processor or used with a headset or telecoil accessory.
                                                                                                                       A wireless signal sent through
                                                                                                                       the loop wire can be accessed
                                                                                                                       anywhere within its boundaries.

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  Transmitter/Receiver Setup Examples                                                                Personal Audio Device Setup Examples
   Used in churches, arenas, classrooms, home theaters, etc.                                         MP3 players, portable game systems, digital eBooks, etc.

                                                               USING BUILT-IN                                                                                   USING BUILT-IN
                                                               TELECOIL                                                                                         TELECOIL
                                                               (with Neckloop, Silhouette,                                                                      (with Neckloop or Silhouette)
                                                               or Large-Area Induction
                                                               Loop Systems)                                                                                    To activate telecoil, select
                         HEADPHONE JACK                                                                                  HEADPHONE JACK
                                                                                                                                                                    or      on the FineTuner.
                                                               To activate telecoil, select
                                                                   or      on the FineTuner.                                                                    Other settings (volume, etc.)
                                                                                                       TIP:                                                     can also be adjusted using
                                                               Other settings (volume, etc.)                                                                    the receiver or FineTuner.
                                                               can also be adjusted using              Telecoil is only activated
                                           RECEIVER            the receiver or FineTuner.              for use with telecoil-enabled
                                                                                                       neckloops, silhouettes, or
                                                                                                       in large-area induction loop
                                                                                                       systems. Use MT (microphone/                             EAR-LEVEL
                                                               EAR-LEVEL                                                                                        WIRELESS RECEIVER
                                                                                                       telecoil) or T (telecoil only)
                                                               WIRELESS RECEIVER                                                                                (FM Systems)
                                                                                                       by selecting the preferred
                                                               (FM Systems)
                                                                                                       buttons on the FineTuner.                                Adjust settings (volume, etc.)
                                                               Adjust settings (volume, etc.)                                                                   using the FineTuner.
                                                               using the FineTuner.                    For ear-level wireless
                                                                                                       receivers (as in FM systems),                            Telecoil is not used in this setup.
                                                               Telecoil is not used in this setup.     telecoil is NOT used. The
AUDIO SOURCE      TRANSMITTER                                                                          receiver will automatically
                                                                                                       recognize the incoming signal
                                                                                                       and transfer the sound to your
                                                               DIRECT CONNECT
                                                               VIA AUDIO CABLE                                                                                  DIRECT CONNECT
                                                                                                       For direct-connect using the                             VIA AUDIO CABLE
                                                               Adjust settings (volume, etc.)          audio cables, telecoil is NOT
                                                               using the receiver or FineTuner.        used. This is a simple “plug-
                                                                                                       and-play” setup, and sound                               Adjust settings (volume, etc.)
                                                               Telecoil is not used in this setup.
                                                                                                       is immediately transferred to                            using the receiver or FineTuner.
                                                               Use only battery-operated               your processor(s).
                                                                                                                                                                Telecoil is not used in this setup.
                                                               devices in this setup.
                                           RECEIVER                                                    Only battery-operated audio
                                                                                                                                                                Use only battery-operated
       NOTE: The transmitter and                                                                       devices can be used in a direct
                                                                                                                                                                devices in this setup.
       “receiver must be “paired” for                                                                  connection setup.
       correctoperation. Consult with
       the venue (church, theater, etc.)
       to ensure that the equipment is
       working properly.

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Phone Setup Examples                                                                                                        Bluetooth Setup Examples
 Using the built-in telecoil feature                                                                                        Using with phones or BlueTooth-enabled entertainment devices

                                                                                           OPTION 1:                                                                                                       USING BLUETOOTH
                                                                                           USING BUILT-IN
                                                                                                                                                                                                           To activate telecoil, select
                                                                                           (with microphone-equipped
                                                                                           Neckloop or Silhouette)                                                                                             or      on the FineTuner.
                        HEADPHONE JACK                                                                                                          HEADPHONE JACK
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Other settings (volume, etc.)
                                                                                           To activate telecoil, select                                                                                    can also be adjusted using the
                                                                                                                                                                                                           telephone, the Bluetooth device
                                                                                               or       on the FineTuner.
                                                                                                                                                                                                           or FineTuner.
                                                                                           Other settings (volume, etc.)                                             PHONE
 NOTE: The standard headphone                 PHONE                                        can also be adjusted using the
 jack is 3.5 mm, but some phones
                                                                                           phone or FineTuner.                                                               BLUETOOTH DEVICE
 will have the smaller 2.5 mm                                                                                                                                                (ear-level, neckloop, etc.)
 headphone jack.                                                                                                              NOTE: The phone and Bluetooth
                                              (on select models of neckloop accessories)                                      device must be “paired” for cor-
 An inexpensive adapter will be                                                                                               rect operation. Consult with the
 required to use the smaller jack                                                                                             user manuals to ensure that the
 and are available at local                                                                OPTION 2:                          equipment is working properly.
 electronics stores.                                                                       USING BUILT-IN
                                                                                           (with telecoil-compatible

                                                                                           To activate telecoil, select
                                                                                               or       on the FineTuner.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC)                                                Place phone next to ear.           Bluetooth® is a low-power, short range technology that
defines hearing aid compatibility for wireless                                                                                wirelessly connects cell phones (or MP3 devices, PDAs,
devices. Higher ratings are better.                                                        Other settings (volume, etc.)      computers, etc.) to a compatible receiver. Some receivers
                                                                                           can also be adjusted using the     can be connected directly to the audio processor or are
“M” ratings measure microphone quality and                                                 phone or FineTuner.                used with a headset or telecoil accessory.
“T” ratings measure telecoil quality.

Cell phones rated both M4 and T4 provide
the best compatibility with hearing devices
like cochlear implants and hearing aids.

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                                What is a Telecoil?                                                                  What is an Ear-Level Wireless Receiver?                                               iPod is a registered trademark of
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Apple Computers, Inc. registered in
                                A telecoil is a special circuit inside the audio processor                           Ear-level receivers (commonly called FM receivers) are devices                        the U.S. and other countries.

                                designed to pick up electromagnetic signals. These magnetic                          connected directly to the audio processor(s). They are equipped                       Bluetooth is a registered trademark
                                                                                                                                                                                                           of the Bluetooth SIG, Inc
                                signals – or induction signals – are wirelessly transmitted to                       with a standard 3-pin connector and must be used with the FM                          Photos courtesy of ClearSounds,
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Williams Sound, and NOiZFREE.
                                the audio processor using either a neckloop, silhouette, or                          Battery Pack Cover. Once the transmitter is activated, the audio
                                induction loop systems.                                                              processor will automatically receive the sound signal.

                                A neckloop is a looped wire worn comfortably around the neck
                                and transmits signals to the processor.

                                A silhouette is an ear-level telecoil device that is placed on the ear
                                                                                                                     What are Audio Cables?
                                next to the audio processor.                                                         MED-EL provides three audio cables that work with the majority
                                                                                                                     of audio devices (music players, wired FM systems, etc):
                                An induction loop system is a large-area accessory. A thin wire is placed around
                                the listening area and is connected to a special amplifier where sound signals are                     Yellow Mixing Cable: Allows the user to obtain sound
                                circulated through the loop wire.                                                                      input from both the audio processor‘s microphone
                                                                                                                                       (environment) and the connected audio device.
                                To activate the audio processor‘s telecoil (while using a neckloop, silhouette,
                                or loop system) “T” or “MT” settings are selected to gain direct access to                            Red Non-mixing Cable: Provides primary sound input
                                the incoming sound.                                                                                   from the connected audio device with minimal input
                                                                                                                                      from the audio processor‘s microphone (environment).

                                                                                                                     Bilateral Cable: Connects an audio device to both audio processors and
                                                                                                                     offers stereo sound for bilateral users. Bilateral cables are available as
                                                                                                                     mixing (yellow) or non-mixing (red).

L | Using a telecoil neckloop                                                                                                                                                                     L | Using direct-connect
    with a MP3 player                                                                                                                                                                                 with ear-level receiver

R | Using telecoil directly                                                                                                                                                                       R | Using direct-connect
    with a telephone                                                                                                                                                                                  with an audio cable

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                                          For information on connecting your audio processor
                                          with a particular assistive listening device, view the
                                          online guide at:


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