The field of audiology is rapidly advancing, and many hearing device features and accessories now play a major role in improving your hearing capabilities.
As you adapt to life with hearing aids, consider how accessories can improve the effectiveness and lifespan of your new devices.
Along with the technological advances that have improved hearing aids themselves, these cutting-edge accessories offer some outstanding features that will lead to even greater improvements in your daily communication habits.
- Bluetooth accessories—Wireless connections are a vital part of today’s technological advancements, and Bluetooth accessories are a great way to improve communication between your hearing aids and other devices. You can connect to a variety of gadgets including microphones, television headsets and remotes using wireless accessories in conjunction with your hearing devices.
- Adaptors and cords—These accessories allow you to directly connect your hearing devices to a variety of audio equipment, including music players, radios, televisions, computers and car audio systems. Depending on your needs, you can opt for monaural (one ear) or binaural (two ear) connections.
- Batteries—On average, hearing aid batteries last fewer than 10 days, so having spares on hand is a great idea. Batteries may wear out slowly or suddenly, so carrying a few extras wherever you go is a good way to quickly resolve an unexpected loss of power.
- Wax filters—Earwax buildup is a common problem for hearing aids, especially amongst styles that sit fully or partially in the ear canal. Earwax can cause your hearing aids to distort sound, function poorly or stop working all together. Wax filters protect your hearing devices from accumulating earwax on a daily basis, which can make a major difference in the lifespan and functionality of your hearing aids.
- Cleaning accessories—Cleaning kits and dehumidifiers are excellent options for keeping up with regular hearing aid maintenance. Cleaning kits typically include wax removal brushes and picks, magnets for battery replacement and tube and vent cleaners. Dehumidifiers also help with cleaning by working overnight to remove the moisture, earwax, odors and germs from hearing aids.
- Transmitters and receivers—Transmitting and receiving technology is excellent for use in situations in which the source of sound is far away from your ears. This technology is typically used when hearing is a challenge due to distance, background noise and reverberations. Transmitters and receivers are commonly used to enhance learning within classrooms and other educational settings.
- Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs)—ALDs and other amplifiers utilize powerful microphones to improve hearing in situations were distance poses a problem for clarity or increases the effects of distracting background noise. ALDs improve volume and clarity, making their use popular in religious services, classrooms, movies, theaters and lecture halls.
In order to improve your hearing in every situation, consider the ways that these important hearing aid accessories can help you throughout your regular routine each day. To find out which accessories are the best option for your personal needs, talk to a doctor at PDX ENT & Audiology Group.