Meeting the Listening Needs of Adolescents: FM and Other Technologies The benefits of frequency-modulated (FM) systems have been well established. An FM system provides a favorable signal-to-noise (S/N) ratio even in the most difficult listening situations. With today's technology, FM systems are smaller and easier to use; however, many older school-aged children and adolescents choose to not use them, due ... Article
Article  |   March 01, 2008
Meeting the Listening Needs of Adolescents: FM and Other Technologies
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  • Tammy Kordas
    Department of Communication Disorders, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
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Article   |   March 01, 2008
Meeting the Listening Needs of Adolescents: FM and Other Technologies
SIG 9 Perspectives on Hearing and Hearing Disorders in Childhood, March 2008, Vol. 18, 30-34. doi:10.1044/hhdc18.1.30
SIG 9 Perspectives on Hearing and Hearing Disorders in Childhood, March 2008, Vol. 18, 30-34. doi:10.1044/hhdc18.1.30

The benefits of frequency-modulated (FM) systems have been well established. An FM system provides a favorable signal-to-noise (S/N) ratio even in the most difficult listening situations. With today's technology, FM systems are smaller and easier to use; however, many older school-aged children and adolescents choose to not use them, due to a variety of reasons. This manuscript provides suggestions for creative ways for audiologists to meet the needs of adolescents.

Audiologists who work with school-aged children and adolescents can be creative in regards to FM technology and encourage FM use beyond the traditional classroom. Audiologists also can provide information on assistive devices and alternative technology such as the use of direct audio input (DAI), vibrating alarm clocks, and Bluetooth® technology. These options may address the unique listening needs of adolescents and allow them to interact and participate in the same activities as their normal-hearing peers.

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