Connect the Reading Assistant headset

Because the Reading Assistant software uses speech recognition and verification technology, the quality of the audio signal greatly impacts the user's experience with the product. Correct microphone connections and headset placement are essential for a clear audio signal.

Note: Use the headsets and USB adapters approved by Scientific Learning. A USB headset should always be used with an approved USB adapter. For a list of approved headsets and adapters see Reading Assistant headset requirements.

If you are using a non-USB headset—for example, on iPad—plug the headset directly into the computer or device. If you are using a USB headset, follow these instructions to connect and position the headset, to control the volume, and to store the headset.

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Connect a USB headset to a computer

  1. Plug each headset cable into the USB adapter (plug the microphone cable into the microphone jack and the headphone cable into the headphone jack).
  2. On some headsets, you can match the pink and green color coding of the headset jacks with the corresponding colors on the USB adapter input. For the Califone 3066AV headset, match the black headset cable to the green adapter input and match the red headset cable to the pink adapter input. For headsets without color coding, check for the microphone or headphone symbol on the jacks or next to the jack sockets.

  3. Connect the USB adapter to the computer by plugging the USB cable into a USB port.
  4. If you're using the Chrome web browser on Windows and you plugged in the headset while the browser was open, you may need to restart the browser.

  5. When the headset is properly connected to the computer, make sure that the student knows how to position the headset and microphone correctly.

Position the headset and microphone

  1. Place the microphone to the side of the mouth, not in front of it, about two fingers away from the corner of the mouth. Otherwise, the student's breath will strike the microphone and cause popping noises that can distort the signal. To accommodate this placement, you may need to bend the microphone boom at a right angle approximately 3/4 of the way down towards the microphone tip.
  2. If present, make sure that the colored dot on the microphone (found on the plastic collar next to the foam microphone cover) is facing the user and has not rotated. If the dot is facing in another direction, twist the microphone so that the dot is again facing the student.
  3. Have the student place both hands to the sides of the mouth (as if shouting) and move them away. If this can not easily be done without bumping into the microphone, it is too close; have the student move it farther to the side of his or her mouth.

Note: Once positioned correctly, students should not touch the headset or move the microphone. Moving the microphone while reading will not help the software hear the student; it will only add noise to the audio.

Controlling the volume from the headset

In addition to controlling the sound volume through the computer, the headphone playback volume can be adjusted by using the volume controls on some of the headsets. Please note that adjusting the volume using these controls can lead to issues if the volume accidentally gets turned down all the way. If a student has a problem with the audio, make sure to check that the volume control on the headset is set properly.

Storing the headset

When possible, always store the headset with the microphone boom still in the bent position. This will reduce the need for microphone positioning adjustment for the next user and will limit wear and tear on the headset.