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AudioLink is MED-EL’s new pocket-sized device for streaming sound and music from nearly any source to our SONNET or SONNET 2.

We asked cochlear implant recipients from around the world to test AudioLink for themselves. Read on to find out how they got on with it.

Morgan (US) using AudioLink

Morgan, USA

Bilateral implants, using SONNET and AudioLink

“I love it for watching TV. Even after I tried it out for the first time, I didn’t need to have the captions on.”

Convenience 5 stars out of 5
Ease Of Use 4 stars out of 5
Sound Quality 5 stars out of 5

I love listening to music but hate having to wear big headphones to go around my CIs. The AudioLink  is great for listening to music! Depending on the type of music you listen to, it may not be crystal clear at first. I found that if you play with the equalizer settings on your phone, this helps the music not sound so bass etc.

When using AudioLink for watching TV, it sounds like the people speaking are right next to me, I love it. Everything sounds so clear and I hear things from the TV that I never knew were there, like a door closing or birds chirping.

Regarding the size, it’s smaller than I thought and super convenient to have it clipped on my shirt or pocket.

 

Luka, Croatia

Bilateral implants, using SONNET 2 and AudioLink

“I love to use it when playing role-playing games in multiplayer mode on my computer.
I can hear the tiny little noises as footsteps now as well – such noises other players almost never hear.”

Michael (AUS) using AudioLink

Michael, Australia

Bilateral implants, using SONNET  2 and AudioLink

“AudioLink  has made my life so much easier when doing day to days things with my kids and family.”

Convenience 5 stars out of 5
Ease Of Use 5 stars out of 5
Sound Quality 5 stars out of 5

I use my AudioLink for everything  – watching TV, making phone calls  and streaming my music. It’s great. The sound is amazing and music is a lot clearer than before.

I love the remote microphone. The first time I tested it at a local pub where I met my friends for lunch. It was very busy and quite loud as well. I placed my AudioLink on the centre of the table and was amazed at how it worked!

When I’m around the house I can give my kids the AudioLink and if they need me they speak into it – that’s awesome and the kids love it as well.

I was surprised how small the device is – it fits in my pocket.

 

Michaela, mother of Florian (8), Austria

Bilateral implants, using SONNET 2 and AudioLink

“When testing AudioLink for the first time, Florian started dancing. That was fun! It really works great for music and also on the phone – he understands speech much better.”

Thomas (DE) is using AudioLink

Thomas, Germany

Bilateral implants, using SONNET/SONNET 2 and AudioLink

“The AudioLink is just so practical. You can carry it anywhere and use in all sorts of situations.

Convenience 5 stars out of 5
Ease Of Use 5 stars out of 5
Sound Quality 4 stars out of 5

AudioLink is really easy, intuitive, and comfortable to use. I love the handy design of it and that I do not need any additional battery pack covers or so.

When using AudioLink to listen to music, the sound is clearer because there are no distortions. The sound quality is very good, and I prefer it to my Roger Select and Roger 21 system.

AudioLink immediately became my best companion in the car. With my hands-free system, there were always distortions. Now with AudioLink, they are gone.

 

Adi, Austria

Unilateral implant, using SONNET and AudioLink

“I love the remote microphone function. I can hear speech much clearer when I’m in a noisy room. That’s great!”

Mary Beth (US) using AudioLink

Mary Beth, USA

Bilateral implants, using SONNET and AudioLink

“My favourite feature of the AudioLink is that you get true stereo for right and left processors. “

Convenience 3 stars out of 5
Ease Of Use 3 stars out of 5
Sound Quality 3 stars out of 5

The neat thing about the AudioLink is that we don’t have to put on any special battery cover on our SONNET or SONNET 2 because the receiver for the AudioLink is already built-in.

I enjoy the true stereo of music with the cables but when using a conversion app via Bluetooth it is more like listening to music through a phone.

My tip for using AudioLink?  Shrink the distance between the person’s voice and its microphone to hear the best. So when someone is wearing it clipped onto them, things are going to sound better than when it’s on a table and picking up other sounds that are happening around the table too.

If you are a bilateral user, AudioLink makes hearing on the phone even easier, because you’re going to hear the phone call on both sides at the same time.

Want to learn more?

Check out the four ways you can use your AudioLink Connectivity Device.

For tips & tricks head over to our HearPeers forum or contact us on Facebook.

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