Popular Hearing Aid Accessories
With today’s technology, hearing aids have made speech understanding in most situations enjoyable. But sometimes, hearing aids are simply not enough. This is why the hearing aid manufacturers has developed a wide range of wireless accessories to boost your hearing aids performance and keep you connected. Whether on the phone, watching TV or in a noisy environment, they offer the optimal solutions to suit your everyday needs.
- Bluetooth streaming devices. Most advanced hearing devices are already Bluetooth compatible, making it easy to connect wirelessly to various devices like cell phones, MP3 players and televisions. You will probably need a relatively inexpensive external streaming device designed to work with your specific hearing aids.
- Assistive listening devices. These accessories can help your hearing aids work better in very specialized listening environments like classrooms, lecture halls, music venues and theaters. Some work with your home telephone to make conversations easier and still others can vibrate to wake you in the morning or alert you when someone is at your door.
- Transmitters and receivers. Also known as FM systems, these are helpful in educational situations (a teacher’s words are transmitted directly into the student’s ears) and for children. Transmitters and receivers work together to overcome background noise, distance and reverberation, and contribute to a better learning experience.
- Power adaptors and cords. These add versatility by allowing direct input from various audio sources (FM systems, MP3 players, TVs and computers). Available with both monaural and binaural cords.
- Earwax filters. Your ear canal produces ear wax which may clog up the earpiece. Ear wax is one of the main causes of problems in hearing aids. Filters prevent earwax, a leading cause of damage to electronic components, from entering the hearing aid. This helps prolong the life of the instrument and provides you with clear, natural sound.
- Cleaning kits. Keeping your hearing aids clean can result in a longer life for your instruments. Cleaning kits give you a leg up on keeping your device in prime working condition. They typically include a wax removal brush and pick, a tube and vent cleaner, if necessary, and battery replacement magnet.
- Charging stations. For those with rechargeable hearing aids, a charging station is essential. Instead of having to fiddle with the battery compartments, users can simply place their hearing aids in the cradle for a few hours to get a full day’s worth of listening time.