Making the Most Out of Your Hearing Aids
Purchasing hearing aids is the first step on the road to better hearing. It is an important decision as well as a substantial investment. Once you and your audiologist have decided on the right hearing device for you and your devices have been personalized for your needs, it is important to know what accessories are available to you. Hearing aid accessories can help optimize the performance of the devices and even make them more convenient to use.
Traditionally, hearing aids have been powered by disposable batteries which need to be replaced every five to ten days depending on the size of the battery. Now, rechargeable devices are available which makes wearing the device more convenient for the wearer. The need to change small batteries and have additional batteries on hand is eliminated. This can be very helpful for those who have visual or dexterity issues and it’s also environmentally friendly!
Bluetooth and Streaming Capabilities
Many of today’s hearing aids are Bluetooth compatible, meaning they can easily pair to your cell phone and other wireless devices. This enables the user to stream phone calls, music, and other audio sources from the device, hands free, directly to the hearing aids. This allows the user to hear clearly from their hearing aids without interference or hearing unwanted sounds. An app is also provided that gives access to the hearing aids via a remote control.
Another helpful accessory is the television adapter. These adapters allow the user to stream audio from their television directly into their hearing aids, again avoiding interference from unwanted sounds. It also allows the user to control the volume and sound quality without affecting others who may be watching television with them.
Home telephone adapters for landlines are also available. This adapter streams phone calls from your home phone directly to your hearing aids, allowing a clear sound quality without interference that is also hands free.
Although many hearing aids today have the ability to help us hear better when background noise is present, some hearing aid users still find these situations challenging. Remote microphones can help resolve this issue by streaming the conversation directly to the hearing aids, helping to eliminate background noise. Remote microphones can be used personally, meaning one speaker wears a device or in a group where the microphone can be placed in the center of a table.
Moisture can affect the performance and function of your devices. Using a dehumidifier, often referred to as a dry aid kit, reduces the amount of moisture collected inside your hearing aid. This is especially true if you live in a humid climate or are exposed to moisture frequently. Dehumidifiers can be electric or non-electric. If your hearing aids are rechargeable, the charging system often includes the dehumidifier, eliminating the need to have a separate accessory.
Having the appropriate cleaning tools to maintain your devices is also important. The use of small brushes, cleaning clothes, cases and other tools will help clean and protect your hearing aids. There are accessories with clips that enable you to participate in sports or physical activities while keeping devices clean, dry, and prevent them from falling out.
Contact us today if any of the above accessories interest you or you feel that they can help optimize the use of your hearing devices.