Re: [IPk] Omnipod and hearing aid
My brother worked as an RF engineer, so I've asked him to look into it.
I'll let you know what he finds, but his initial thoughts are that there
is very little risk.
On Friday, 14 March 2014, Barbara Roberts <email @ redacted>
> Hi Tricia
> I don't have an omnipod or a Roger pen - but I have a pump which accepts BG
> results wirelessly from meter and also communicates with CGM wirelessly,
> and hearing aids.
> About 3 years ago I was supplied with a Phonak Smartlink (looks as though
> that was a forerunner of the roger Pen) under Access to Work. It never
> occurred to me that there might be a problem, The only possible issue I can
> imagine would be the chance of interference on the hearing aid when
> something was transmitting to the pump - but this is only for a very short
> time every so often, so I wouldn't see it as a problem. Presumably your
> remote transmits bolus requests etc to the pod?
> I now use a Conversor Pro to listen to the TV - that sends a wireless
> signal to a neckloop, and I use my HAs on the loop setting. No problems.
> But have you used one of this type of device before? If not, please check
> you can return it if no use - I couldn't manage with the Smartlink at work
> at all - picked up so many noises I didn't want to hear. (Also, make sure
> no-one wanders off eg to the loo, with it round their neck!)
> Hope you find the Roger pen useful - be interested to hear how you find it.
> > I have an Omnipod and am thinking of buying a Phonak Roger Pen which is
> > high
> > tech gadget to go with a hearing aid that supposedly helps you to hear in
> > group
> > situations.
> > As I don't understand anything about wireless compatibility, I contacted
> > Omnipod and Phonak
> > Omnipod looked into it and thought it would most probably would be OK
> > wouldn't commit. Phonak copped out of it and said it was best to speak to
> > Omnipod or my GP!!!
> > does anyone have any experience in radio frequencies and therefore could
> > give
> > an idea about this problem? I don't expect there are many Omnipod users
> > who also
> > want this new bit of kit too.
> > Incidently, I have been told by an Omnipod nurse that the replacement
> > Freestyle
> > strips supplied by Abbott are not accurate either and not to use them.
> > suggest using a different meter and entering manually til Abbott sort it
> > out.
> > Tricia Barker
> > .
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