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What is an FM system?

FM is a frequency modulation system that can be used in classrooms and in the home to help with children who have a hearing loss or difficulty holding attention in the classroom. They can also be used with adults in various situations. The speaker will wear a microphone and the voice will be received through hearing aids or a headset.

The four main advantages of the FM system are:

  1. Reducing background noise
  2. Improving speech clarity and understanding
  3. Hearing from a distance
  4. Reducing fatigue

The FM system will help reduce background noise in a noisy situation. This will allow children to identify and understand speech better in noisy environments over a distance of 50 feet.  Children will be able to hear the teacher’s words when spoken into the microphone directly in their ears. This allows them to enjoy and participate in conversations in the classroom. Using an FM in school will allow children to better hear and respond to the teacher’s directions, improving academic performance as a result. FM systems can also be used in a home setting with children understanding their parents’ voices more clearly.

FM systems can also benefit adults with mild to profound hearing losses. Most adults with hearing loss find restaurants, lectures, riding in a car, and listening at a distance the most challenging. FM systems have been found to significantly help in these environments.

Posted by Stacey Braund, CBHC Audiologist

Posted in: Adults, Children, Communication, Hearing Aids, Life Style

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