I know I promised a discussion on directional mics and FM systems. But it is a pretty big topic and I thought I would quickly explain why I have a dog on my banner.
Well that adorable creature is my Hearing Ear Dog named Amie. Amie was trained by the Lions Foundation of Canada and I have had her for over 12 years now (she is 14 now). Amie has travelled extensively with me. In fact, she has been to Switzerland several times, parts of the United States, and every province in Canada (except Newfoundland…I really want to visit there as well). In total, she has probably been on over 400 flights with me.
Hearing Ear Dogs help by alerting the owner to such sounds as an alarm clock, doorbell, oven timer, microwave oven, telephone, baby crying, and smoke alarm. Because one cannot sleep with a cochlear implant on, Amie mainly alerted me to these sounds at night. Without Amie, I could not get a proper sleep as I was always concerned about the possiblility of not hearing the fire alarm. Moreover, you cannot keep gainful employment if you do not wake up to go to work.
Amie is retired now. She unfortunately has cancer in her bladder and may not have much time left. But she is the most loving, kind, intelligent living thing I have ever known.