Keeping My Hands Free

Jabra BT2035 Bluetooth headsetNew acquisition – Jabra BT2035 Bluetooth headset.

Technology brings welcome relief to people like me who have lost functional use of our limbs. My legs are extremely weak. My arms are strong. My hand function is limited. I use a wheelchair for mobility. Answering the phone while on the move was not an option. I needed both hands to propel the wheelchair. Multitasking was an impossibility.

A tiny device such as the bluetooth headet has done wonders to my freedom while I am out and about. It allows me to answer the phone while I am driving. I need both hand to drive – the right for the steering wheel and the left for the accelerator and brake.

The first bluetooth headset I had was the I-Tech Clip II Mini. It was wired. I had problem clipping it to my clothes as I have lost the opposable thumb function. Wuan had to clip it on for me. After a period of use, the wire of the Clip II Mini has stiffened. It no longer allowed the earphone to fit snugly to my ear anymore.

I bought the Jabra BT2035 bluetooth headset for RM88 last weekend while we were at the Mid Valley Megamall. It was to replace the existing one. This unit is more convenient than the Clip II Mini as all I have to do is to plug the device to my ear and then I am good to go. There were no wires whatsoever.

I relish the freedom of being able to use my hands for something else while I am chatting on the phone. I thank the innovative people who come out with such solutions. This and a lot of other simple but affordable devices have made life easier for people like me.