Seeking discreet Bluetooth earpiece that works well with Voiceover

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When I give presentations, I use Voiceover to read the text of the presentation. For informal settings, I don’t mind using standard earbuds, but for larger or more formal presentations, I would rather not have the visual distraction of a cord running from my ear to the phone. I’m looking for a discreet Bluetooth earpiece to solve this problem. When I say discreet, I mean the earpiece fits entirely in the ear. You would not easily be able to see it when looking at a person straight on. I have come across devices that were exactly what I was looking for in terms of size; however, the ones I’ve tried do not work well with Voiceover. It’s not that Voiceover doesn’t work, the problem I’ve found with both the ones I’ve tried is that when flicking through text, in an email for example, if you pause for a few seconds before flicking right, the first few words of the next line are not spoken by Voiceover. This is a problem when presenting, as I’m having to constantly flick back and forth to hear the entire line. The two earpieces I’ve tried are: I still have both of these earpieces, so if there is some way to fix the Voiceover problem I’m running into, I would welcome suggestions. I’m using an iPhone 6, and I have not tried them on any other devices. I’m also more than willing to buy another earpiece if it is both discreet and works well with Voiceover. Thanks in advance for any suggestions.



Submitted by ct on Wednesday, April 12, 2017

I think the Moto Hint would be perfect for this.

Submitted by Oliver Kennett on Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The Moto is a little pricy for my own budget and I'd not really be bothered about having a mic built in to it, possibly cutting the costs.

Are there any that aren't too sound inhibiting? IE, you can still hear through the headphone your surroundings/

Submitted by mworkman on Thursday, April 13, 2017

The Moto Hint is a little expensive, but I found a used one on Amazon. I'm willing to pay a premium if I can get a product that does what I need it to do. My only concern with the Moto is that I'll run into the same issues with Voiceover that I've had with the other two. I'll give it a shot and report back on my findings.

Submitted by Oliver Kennett on Thursday, April 13, 2017

I must say, I've never actually encountered that issue with bluetooth. There is often that tiny delay which is a pain, but it does sound like it is a bug iPhone side to me. IE, a specific group of settings, speed, voice, pitch, ducking etc. Is it when the bluetooth headphone shuts down to conserve power? I'm just wondering if there is a work around, a very quiet track playing in the background to stop the headphone shutting down? Otherwise, I imagine the same issue will occur in all bluetooth headsets as none of them have battery to waste? Just a thought.