nerakrose (nerak_rose) wrote in hearingaidhacks,

recording sound with a phonak smartlink

Hello everyone. I have a Phonak Smartlink+

which I use mainly in class/lectures and when listening to music. I just plug it into the laptop or my ipod and voilá, sweet music in my ears.
I'm also involved in fandom and I've gotten to the point where I want to try to record podfic (like audiobooks, but of fanfiction) and podcasts and I'm not very keen on spending a lot of money on a new microphone for the purpose when I already have a high-quality mic in my smartlink - I know it is; I use it every day.

THE PROBLEM: according to the manual, I can only make sound go from the smartlink to my hearing aids (well, the boots to be precise). What I want to do is in some way to use my smartlink as a microphone while using audacity on the laptop to record whatever I'm speaking into it. Unfortunately my laptop doesn't have bluetooth (though I reckon a USB-bluetooth receiver would be more inexpensive than a brand new microphone, so that's not an issue).
In short: I don't care if it's via a cord or bluetooth, as long as there is a way for me to use the smartlink as a microphone. Only, I don't really know how to go about it...according to the manual, the plugin on the smartlink with the neat 'microphone' symbol is only for external microphones, that is to say, not really helpful to my situation as it still just means sound transmitting to my hearing aids.

Solutions? Do you beautiful people know of a way to make this work?

(p.s. I know there's a built-in microphone in the laptop, but the sound quality is atrocious.)
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