With back to school around the corner, the Cochlear™ True Wireless™ Mini Microphone 2+ is here to help your child hear so they can succeed in the classroom. We have gathered a panel of moms of Cochlear Implant recipients to tell you their tips and tricks for classroom success. Read on for the top 10 Mini Microphone 2+ and other classroom tips:
What is the Mini Microphone 2+?
The Mini Microphone 2+ is a True Wireless accessory that your child can take with them to school to transmit speech and sound directly to their Cochlear™ Nucleus® Sound Processor or Cochlear™ Baha® Sound Processor.
Utilizing the Mini Microphone 2+ can help to make listening and understanding in a noisy classroom easier for your child! The portable wireless clip-on microphone streams high-quality audio directly to your child’s sound processors.
Top 10 tips for classroom success
Our panel of moms are ready to help you navigate hearing in the classroom for your child. Check out their 10 tips:
- Connect to the latest technology being used in your child’s classroom
“My son can easily hear both his teacher and the students’ responses. The signal is clear and unobstructed by static. He can hook his Nucleus 7 Sound Processor right up to the computer or iPad® for classroom activities.” – Erin B., mom of a child using the Nucleus 7 Sound Processor
Get rid of those bulky FM boots
“The Mini Mic 2+ and its Bluetooth® connection makes her morning and afternoon routine streamlined and easy for Caitlyn and her teachers. There aren’t bulky FM boots to keep track of, and pesky syncing problems like we had with the FM system. When Caitlyn moves from class to class, the Mini Mic 2+ travels easily with her, without lanyards, boots or bulky microphones she used to carry with her FM system.” – Leah E., mom of a child using the Nucleus 6 Sound Processor
Don’t battle the static
“No matter what…[with the FM system], she always heard some level of static or interference throughout the day. Cochlear introduced the Mini Mic 2+ when she was in 6th grade, and we couldn’t wait to give it a try. She came home from school the day she received it elated – no static! She could hear every word clearly for the first time.” – Wendy H., mom of a child using the Nucleus 6 Sound Processor
Group work hack
“She works in groups in almost every class. In the past, she often missed what classmates said, making it difficult for her to fully participate in the work. Now she changes a setting on the Mini Mic 2+, places it in the middle of the table and can hear each student clearly. Toward the end of that first school year, I checked in with her teachers and learned not only did the Mini Mic 2+ help her better engage in groups, she often took a lead on group projects. This was a huge leap for Erin.” – Wendy H., mom of a child using the Nucleus 6 Sound Processor
- Label your Mini Mic
“[We put a] sticker on our Mini Mic 2+ that is an address label. I encourage other families to do this too in case it goes missing or at an event with other FM users.” – Lisa M., mom of a child using the Nucleus 6 Sound Processor and ReSound hearing aid
Easily transition from “on” to “mute”
Amy S.’s son, Zach, and his teacher love the convenience of the buttons on the Mini Microphone 2+ including the on and mute buttons:
“The Mini Mic 2+ has been extremely easy and convenient to use in the classroom this year. It is simple to connect with Zach each morning and seamlessly transition from ‘on’ to ‘mute’ mode whenever needed. We use it for a variety of activities including whole group instruction, small group instruction, group discussion and partner conversations.” – Zach S.’s teacher
Two ears are better than one
“My son is bimodal and wears a ReSound hearing aid as well as the Nucleus 6 Sound Processor. His Mini Mic is able to work with both of his ‘ears’ at the same time.” – Lisa M., mom of a child using the Nucleus 6 Sound Processor and ReSound hearing aid
Teachers love it
“Guest speakers and presenters use it at school-wide assemblies with ease, needing little to no instruction. Other teachers and even other students feel comfortable using the device, and I can tell this makes Zach feel like a valued, included and respected part of our classroom and school community.” – Zach S.’s teacher
“The teachers like the ease of the mute button. They like the portability and ownership the student has over their hearing devices, so they are not keeping expensive equipment in their classroom each evening. They like that it is small and easy to wear and the sound is clear.” – Erin B., mom of a child using the Nucleus 7 Sound Processor
Use the Mini Mic outside the classroom
“Caitlyn uses her Mini Mic 2+ outside the classroom too. During horseback riding lessons, where she will often be far away from her instructor, Caitlyn uses the Mini Mic 2+ to hear every part of the lesson. She really likes this when they go on trail rides. “– Leah E., mom of a child using the Nucleus 6 Sound Processor
Coaches will like it too
“My son uses [the Mini Microphone 2+] for sports, and he is currently playing hockey and volleyball. Even my hearing son can’t hear anything out on the ice rink, so the Mini Mic 2+ really makes hockey possible for my son with a Cochlear Implant.” – Erin B., mom of a child using the Nucleus 7 Sound Processor
Read more about a recipient who is a budding superstar in sports here!