Concentrate better in class with an FM system

Concentrating in the classroom is hard enough when you’re getting distracted by classmates, grappling with difficult subjects and trying not to zone out during some of your boring classes. Add a hearing aid to the equation and it’s almost impossible to understand your teacher over all the background noise and chatter of other kids. Luckily, there’s a simple device you can use to cut out distracting background noise and keep up with what’s going on in class.

How does an FM system work?

Your teacher holds or wears a small transmitter microphone, which then sends signals to a tiny FM receiver that you wear behind your ear or via a headset. You can also place the transmitter in the middle of a group if you’re doing collaborative work or trying to work on a project in a crowded place, like the library. If your school uses interactive whiteboards or you often watch videos on TV or computer screens in class, you can also get FM accessories that connect to these devices.

How does it help?

The FM system will magnify the sound of anything connected to the transmitter, so you can hear speech and sounds more clearly, while reducing all the background noise that can make it hard to hear. This will help you to be more independent in class and keep up with your teacher without asking as many questions or needing to have specialised, one-on-one support.

When I started high school, I realised the benefit I would get from wearing the FM system… In one of the first few classes I just decided to go without the FM system and I found it really hard to hear the teacher. So, then I started wearing the FM all the time and it made a huge difference.”

Rachel Rayner, Australian Hearing client

How do I get one?

The Department of Education in each state provides support for students with hearing loss in mainstream schools. At the start of each year, organise a meeting with your parents and the school to create a support plan based on what you need, which could include remote microphone technology.

Use the links below to find more information about the public school services websites in your state:

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