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User instructions
SCOLA™ FM system
SCOLA TALK transmitter
Contents
SYMBOLS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
INTRODUCTION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
GETTING STARTED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
THE FM SYSTEM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
BATTERY INFORMATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Battery type . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Inserting the batteries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Battery lifetime and power level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Charging batteries with SCOLA TALK . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Turning SCOLA TALK on and off . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Setting SCOLA TALK . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Connecting the external antenna . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
DIFFERENT WAYS TO USE SCOLA TALK . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Attaching the neck cord . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Connecting audio equipment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Connecting an external microphone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Channel selection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
ADVICE ON THE USE OF THE SCOLA™ FM SYSTEM . . . . . . . . . . 20
CARE AND MAINTENANCE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
WARNINGS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
IN CASE OF MALFUNCTION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
WARRANTY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
REGULATORY INFORMATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
SETTINGS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
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SYMBOLS
INTRODUCTION
The following symbols will be used throughout the
manual:
We hope you will be pleased with your SCOLA product.
SCOLA provides hearing aid users with additional opportunities in difficult listening situations.
WARNING
Messages with this heading indicate adverse reactions, potential
safety hazards or inadequate device performance.
Warning
This booklet contains important information and instructions.
Read this booklet carefully before you start using the device.
Note
Your SCOLA TALK device and accessories may not look exactly
as illustrated in this booklet. We furthermore reserve the right
to make any changes considered necessary.
Not for general waste
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GETTING STARTED
THE FM SYSTEM
To benefit fully from your SCOLA™ FM system, it is important that you make yourself familiar with its functions.
An FM system is a wireless communication system
which allows the sound from the microphone (SCOLA
TALK) to be sent directly to the hearing aid via a small
receiver (SCOLA FLEX or SCOLA BUDDY), in the same
way that a radio receives a signal from a radio transmitter.
It is therefore a good idea to consider the kind of situations in which you will be using the FM system, and
what would be the best SCOLA TALK settings in different situations.
You will often obtain the best result from the FM system if others around you help in taking an active part
in using it. Your SCOLA TALK could conveniently hang
around the neck of the person you are communicating
with, while during dinner and conferences it could be
placed on the table. In order to determine the best settings, it is a good idea to practise first with your family
and friends to become familiar with the various possibilities.
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The SCOLA TALK FM transmitter:
SCOLA TALK transmits signals to one or more receivers. With the external antenna, the operating range
will be up to 20 metres in ideal transmitting conditions.
Without the external antenna, the operating range will
be up to 1 metre.
1.Switch
2.Microphone grille
The following accessories are available for the SCOLA™
FM system:
Storage case
Bag
External antenna
Audio cord
Neck cord
Battery charger
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3.Antenna jack
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4.Charge jack
5.Audio input/microphone
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6.Table stand/battery cover
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User instructions
BATTERY INFORMATION
Battery type
Two AAA batteries are required for your SCOLA TALK.
These can either be rechargeable or standard alkaline
non-rechargeable batteries. If you have any questions
about the type, acquisition or use of batteries, please
consult the hearing care professional where you acquired your SCOLA™ FM system.
The rechargeable batteries included are nickel-metalhydride (NiMH) type batteries. They are environmentally friendly and do not contain heavy metals. The contact surface at the negative pole ensures that only this
type of battery can be charged directly in SCOLA TALK.
warning
If you use other types of rechargeable batteries for your SCOLA
TALK, they must be charged in a separate charger. Of non-rechargeable batteries, only alkaline batteries may be used. If you
try to charge this type of battery, all that will happen is that all
the battery symbol bars will start to flash in the display.
Be sure to change alkaline batteries as soon as they
are exhausted, to avoid battery leakage.
Always remember to remove the batteries – irrespective of type – if the transmitter will not be used for several weeks.
Inserting the batteries
First, open the table stand. Squeeze the sides of the
stand to lift off the battery cover, and insert the batteries as indicated by the symbols in the bottom of the
table stand.
If the SCOLA TALK is used by young children, the cover
may be provided with a tamper-resistant screw (1) to
prevent battery removal. The screw is available as an
optional accessory.
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For optimum battery life, please charge the batteries
for at least 10 hours the first time, before you begin using your SCOLA TALK.
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Battery lifetime and power level
Two rechargeable batteries are included. With fully
charged batteries, your SCOLA TALK can operate continuously for ten hours. The display shows the battery
power level. If the batteries are flat, this will be indicated by a flashing bar. We recommend that you always
have a set of spare batteries with you.
warning
Low battery can cause the sound transmission to suddenly
stop.
warning
Batteries that are no longer usable should be disposed of in accordance with applicable environmental requirements.
Charging batteries with SCOLA TALK
The charger works within the range of 110 V to 240 V.
It is important to only use the charger supplied. During
charging, the bars of the battery symbol on the display
will flash. It takes about ten hours for flat batteries to
be fully charged. It will not damage the batteries if the
charger is connected for a longer period of time.
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Turning SCOLA TALK on and off
You turn the SCOLA TALK on by pushing the switch forwards to the desired setting and off by pushing it backwards to the (•) setting.
Setting SCOLA TALK
The mode switch on your SCOLA
TALK allows you to choose between
various microphone settings according to the listening situation you are
in.
You have the following options:
In this setting your SCOLA TALK is switched off.
In this setting your SCOLA TALK is on, and the
microphone receives speech and sound from all
directions. This mode is called ”omnidirectional”.
We recommend that you use this mode when the
people or sounds you wish to hear are situated all
around the microphone. Your SCOLA TALK could,
for example, be placed in the middle of a table.
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In this setting, SCOLA TALK is in the mode called
“directional”. It mostly picks up sound signals
coming from in front, attenuating unwanted
sounds coming from beside or behind you. We
recommend that you use this mode when you
want to listen to a person located in front of the
microphone.
In this setting, SCOLA TALK’s directionality is
even more effective. This mode is called ”superdirectional”. We recommend that you use this
mode in difficult listening situations with loud
noise levels, or when the sound source is further
away.
DIFFERENT WAYS TO USE SCOLA
TALK
SCOLA TALK can be used in a number of different ways:
• It can hang around the neck or be clipped onto the
clothes of the person speaking.
• It can be placed on a table.
• You can hold it in your hand, pointing it at the person speaking.
• It can be connected to various kinds of audio equipment, such as a television or radio, or to an external
microphone.
Connecting the external antenna
The best signal without noise
is obtained by connecting the
external antenna. The noisefree signal transmission range
is highly dependent on the
surroundings. If you put down
the SCOLA TALK or give it to someone to hold, it is a
good idea to use the external antenna. If you hold the
SCOLA TALK in your hand, it can be used without the
external antenna.
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Connecting audio equipment
Attaching the neck cord
1. Place the provided neck cord holder
on the SCOLA TALK.
2. Press the neck cord holder against
the SCOLA TALK and push it forward
until it snaps into place in the hole of
the clip. The cord can be attached
and removed at the side of the
holder. The neck cord length can be
adjusted as required.
The audio cord provided is used to connect the SCOLA TALK to audio equipment (e.g. TV and radio). Plug
the audio cord directly into the headphone jack of the
audio equipment. Plug the other end of the audio cord
into the audio jack of the SCOLA TALK. If the SCOLA
TALK is off, it will automatically turn on when you connect it to the audio equipment, if the audio signal level
is sufficiently high.
The sound signal volume can usually be adjusted using the volume control of the audio equipment. If the
signal from the audio equipment is too weak, the SCOLA TALK will automatically turn off after five minutes.
To prevent this from happening, you must increase
the volume on the audio equipment, or set the SCOLA
TALK in the
(omnidirectional) setting, which will
switch on SCOLA TALK’s own microphone. In the two
other settings, the audio input function is deactivated.
Other connection possibilities include SCART (e.g. for
TV or video) and phono plugs (e.g. for hi-fi).
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Connecting an external microphone
You can connect an external microphone to the SCOLA
TALK. There are various types available, including lapel
and boom microphones. An external microphone is an
optional accessory.
Channel selection
Plug the microphone into the audio jack of the SCOLA
TALK. Switch the SCOLA TALK on, in the
(omnidirectional) setting. The external microphone is not active in the two other microphone settings
(directional) and (superdirectional).
In the SCOLA TALK display you can see the current
FM transmitting channel. The channels selected for
the SCOLA receiver and for SCOLA TALK must be
the same in order for the system to work.
Audio button
Press the audio pen-push button once so that the display shows the channel number and “HI” alternately. This indicates that the audio input function is now
ready for connection of a microphone. Press the audio
button again if you wish to use the audio input function for ordinary audio or multimedia equipment. This
will turn off the ”HI” symbol and “LO” will be briefly
displayed.
Channel selection button
When the SCOLA TALK is switched on, the display
shows the current FM transmitting channel. Your
SCOLA TALK is preset to use the same channel as the
SCOLA receiver. The channel selection button should
only be used in cases where there is a mismatch between the two channels, or if there is interference on
the channel. You can press the channel selection button using a pen, or the like.
You can also select another channel (both on the SCOLA
receiver and SCOLA TALK) if there is interference on the
starting channel.
NOTE
Note that what is being tranmitted from the SCOLA TALK could
possibly be picked up by another FM system.
Consult your hearing care professional to establish
whether you can benefit from an external microphone.
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ADVICE ON THE USE OF THE
SCOLA™ FM SYSTEM
To benefit fully from your SCOLA™ FM system, it is important that you choose the right settings and wearing
style for the SCOLA TALK.
Listening
situation
Use and setting of SCOLA TALK
•Classrooms
•Lectures
Ask the teacher / lecturer to wear the SCOLA
TALK around their neck, or clipped onto their
clothes.
•Meetings
•Group work
•Meals
Place the SCOLA TALK in the middle of the
table and set it in the omnidirectional mode.
Or set SCOLA TALK in the directional or
superdirectional mode and place it in front of
you, pointing it at the person speaking.
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Listening
situation
Use and setting of SCOLA TALK
•Shopping
with a
companion
Ask your companion to wear the SCOLA TALK
around his/her neck and set it in the
directional mode.
•In a car
Ask your companion to wear the SCOLA TALK
around his/her neck and set it in the
directional mode.
Or set the SCOLA TALK in the superdirectional
mode and hold it in your hand, pointing it
towards the person speaking.
•Group
conversation
Let the SCOLA TALK point towards the person
speaking. Choose the mode that provides the
best speech understanding in the current noise
situation.
•In aircraft
Transmitting is normally not allowed.
•Abroad
When travelling abroad it may not be
permitted to use the same channels as in your
own country.
•Hospitals
Use requires permission.
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CARE AND MAINTENANCE
In general, your SCOLA™ FM system should be cared
for in the same way as your hearing aid. It is a good
idea to clean and remove dirt and debris from the FM
system on a daily basis. Furthermore, there are special
precautions to be taken.
• Remove any dirt/debris from the SCOLA products
using a dry, soft cloth.
• Do not disassemble any of the SCOLA products or
hearing aid, as this will void the guarantee.
• Do not use water, alcohol or the like to clean the FM
system.
• Make sure that the antenna, audio and power supply
cords do not become tangled up.
• Do not expose the SCOLA system to cosmetics, hair
spray, water or cleaning solutions.
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WARNINGS
Warning
•Make sure to keep the batteries for SCOLA TALK out of reach
of children, who might place them in their mouths. Discard
used batteries carefully. Do not change batteries in front of
children and do not let them see where you keep your supply.
•If you do not use the rechargeable batteries from Widex, then
use only high quality batteries where the risk of leakage is limited, for example alkaline batteries.
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IN CASE OF MALFUNCTION
The following pages include some quick advice to follow if you experience problems with your SCOLA™ FM
system. If the problem continues, consult the hearing
care professional where you acquired your SCOLA™ FM
system:
If there is no sound from the SCOLA™ FM system or
the audio equipment, or the sound is distorted, it
could be because:
• The hearing aid, SCOLA receiver or SCOLA TALK is
not in the correct setting.
Check that all the settings are correct for the desired
use.
• The SCOLA TALK and SCOLA receiver are not set to
the same channel.
Check that the channel number in the display of the
SCOLA TALK is the same as the noted starting channel.
If there is noise in the hearing aid, it could be because:
• You are at or outside the limit of your SCOLA TALK’s
operating range.
Reduce the distance between the SCOLA TALK and
SCOLA receiver, and use the external antenna.
• Noise and whistling are interfering with the reception, possibly because two or more FM transmitters
are transmitting on the same channel as your receiving channel.
To avoid this type of interference, make sure that
only one FM transmitter is transmitting on your receiving channel.
Try turning off your SCOLA TALK. If you hear another FM
signal, this is what is causing the noise. There are ways to
avoid interference:
1. Have only one FM transmitter turned on.
2. Find another available channel and select this channel
on both the SCOLA TALK and SCOLA receiver.
3. Increase the distance between the interfering FM
transmitter and the SCOLA TALK until the interference
stops.
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If there is no sound from the audio equipment, but the
sound from the SCOLA TALK’s microphone signal is
OK, it could because:
• The audio cord is not correctly plugged into the audio jack on the SCOLA TALK.
Check that it is correctly plugged in.
• The signal from the audio equipment is too weak.
Turn up the volume of the sound signal on the audio
equipment’s volume control, if possible.
If the batteries are quickly drained of power even after a full charge cycle with correct charging indication
in the display, it could be because:
• The batteries are defective.
Contact the hearing care professional where you acquired your SCOLA FM system to have the batteries changed. You can use standard alkaline (non-rechargeable) batteries until this is done.
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If the batteries do not charge and the display does
not indicate that the batteries are charging, it could
be because:
• There is no power in the socket.
Check that the socket functions.
• The power supply unit, cord or jack is defective.
Consult the hearing care professional where you acquired your SCOLA™ FM system.
• Connecting terminals on the battery or bottom cover
are dirty or defective.
Consult the hearing care professional where you acquired your SCOLA™ FM system.
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WARRANTY
REGULATORY INFORMATION
A warranty of two years is provided. The warranty covers any defects in manufacture or materials. Defects
arising from improper handling or repairs carried out
by an unauthorised party are not covered by this warranty.
WIDEX A/S • Nymoellevej 6, DK-3540 Lynge
Denmark • www.widexusa.com
Hereby, Widex A/S declares that this SCOLA TALK is in
compliance with the essential requirements and other
relevant provisions of Directive 1999/5/EC.
A copy of the Declaration of Conformity can be found
at http://www.widex.com
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SAFETY WARNING
FCC ID: BRG-871T
IC: 5676A-871T
This device can be powered by an external power supply.
• Always use the power supply/charger that is supplied with SCOLA TALK.
Audio connector (3.5 mm jack):
• The safety of the use of SCOLA TALK is determined
by any external equipment that is connected to the
SCOLA TALK via the audio connector.
When the SCOLA TALK is connected to external
mains-operated equipment via the audio connector,
this equipment must comply with IEC-60065, IEC
60950, IEC-60601-1 or equivalent safety standards.
Federal Communications Commission Statement
This device may not interfere with TV reception or
Federal Government radar.
Industry Canada Statement / Déclaration d’industrie
Canada
Under Industry Canada regulations, this radio transmitter
may only operate using an antenna of a type and
maximum (or lesser) gain approved for the transmitter by
Industry Canada.
To reduce potential radio interference to other users, the
antenna type and its gain should be so chosen that the
equivalent isotropically radiated power (e.i.r.p.) is not
more than that necessary for successful communication.
This device complies with Industry Canada licenceexempt RSS standard(s). Operation is subject to the
following two conditions:
(1) this device may not cause interference, and
(2) this device must accept any interference, including
interference that may cause undesired operation of the
device.
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Conformément à la réglementation d’Industrie Canada,
le présent émetteur radio peut fonctionner avec une
antenne d’un type et d’un gain maximal (ou inférieur)
approuvé pour l’émetteur par Industrie Canada.
Dans le but de réduire les risques de brouillage
radioélectrique à l’intention des autres utilisateurs, il
faut choisir le type d’antenne et son gain de sorte que
la puissance isotrope rayonnée équivalente (p.i.r.e.) ne
dépasse pas l’intensité nécessaire à l’établissement d’une
communication satisfaisante.
FM systems and hearing aids, accessories
and batteries should not be disposed of
with normal household waste. Please consult your national Widex distributor for advice on how to dispose of these items.
Le présent appareil est conforme aux CNR d’Industrie
Canada applicables aux appareils radio exempts de
licence. L’exploitation est autorisée aux deux conditions
suivantes:
(1) l’appareil ne doit pas produire de brouillage, et
(2) l’utilisateur de l’appareil doit accepter tout brouillage
radioélectrique subi, même si le brouillage est
susceptible d’en compromettre le fonctionnement.
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SETTINGS
SCOLA TALK
Serial number:________________________
Starting channel:______________________
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MANUFACTURER
WIDEX A/S • Nymoellevej 6, DK-3540 Lynge
Denmark • www.widex.com
¡9 514 0195 001@¤ ¡#01v¤
Printed by HTO / 2011-08
9 514 0195 001 #01
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