Friday, October 12, 2012

The Supertooth Buddy and Motorola CLP1040 Radio

Back in August, I wrote about my experiences being able to communicate at work using a combination of my Oticon Streamer and the Motorola CLP1040 radio. At my workplace, we've started using these Bluetooth radios to be able to communicate with others in the building.

As I wrote in my original post, it seemed that my Streamer was going to work fine with the Motorola radio. However, we soon found that there were some challenges. Any time I wanted to use the radio and pair it up with my Streamer, I would need to have someone else walk out of range of my hearing aids and set it up for me. What's more, it would often take a very long time or not work at all. It just wasn't going to work out for me.

The Supertooth Buddy.

The solution came in the form of the Supertooth Buddy, a Bluetooth device intended to serve as a speakerphone in the car. My employer ordered one for me and one for a coworker who also wears hearing aids. We also have one to use for the person who answers the phones at work so they don't have a Bluetooth device in their ear while they try to talk on the phone.

This device eliminates my need to use my Streamer at work. I simply pair it up with the radio. The sound comes through the speaker in the device, rather than through my hearing aids.

Now that I've been using it for a few weeks, I have the system pretty well worked out. It pairs fairly easily. It's small, and comes with a clip, so it clips right on my pants pocket along with the Motorola radio. The only difficulty I sometimes encounter is being able to hear if someone is trying to get ahold of me. The volume can be set fairly loudly, though, so it usually isn't a problem.

It may seem a little unorthodox to be using a car speakerphone as a communication device at work, but when it comes to making things accessible, sometimes all it takes is a little thinking outside the box!

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