Not sure what’s available or what you need? Here is an overview of several accessories you may want to consider.
If your hearing aids are battery-operated and not rechargeable, packs of extra batteries are going to be top of your list of must-have accessories. You want to choose batteries that last long and have high, stable voltage, in order to ensure excellent amplification and distortion-free sound. Look for batteries in packs that dispense easily and are resealable, in order to keep the remaining batteries in the pack fresh and safe for travel. Depending on the size of your hearing aid, you will need size 10, 13, 312, or 675 batteries. Your hearing care professional will provide you with the exact specifications and may even provide you with a supply of batteries as part of your hearing aid purchase, and when returning for fittings and follow-up adjustments.
Rechargeable hearing aids are now available, which eliminates the need to replace tiny batteries and stock up on extras. You will need to maintain your hearing aids with a charger, which is a small station that can sit on your nightstand. Simply flip open the lid and place the hearing aids in their allotted slots at night, and in the morning, take them out and wear as usual. Your hearing aids will typically remain charged for the entire day, up to 18 hours. An added bonus: chargers include a drying function to protect hearing aids from moisture damage.
Cleaning and maintenance tools
These usually come with your hearing aid purchase, and include the following:
- Wax buildup prevention tools
- General cleaning tools
- Storage cases for cleaning tools and hearing aids
Your hearing care professional will show you how to use everything to clean and protect your hearing aids during your fitting.
If you do not have a charger that dries your hearing aids, you may want to invest in a hearing aid dehumidifying device. They remove moisture that builds up in your hearing aids, which can damage their sensitive workings over time. To operate, you take out the batteries (usually at night) and place your hearing aids in the dehumidifier receptacle. This useful accessory is important to have if you live in a humid environment or otherwise expose your hearing aids to moisture frequently.
Bluetooth® technology and other wireless accessories
If your hearing aids contain telecoils (T-coils)—which most digital hearing aids do—or are Bluetooth wireless compatible, you can purchase accessories that enable you to connect to your cell phone, TV, MP3 player, game console and other audio devices. These transmitters with remote controls turn your hearing aids into high-end ear buds. They also allow you to tap into FM and infrared (IR) transmitters or induction loop systems, so you can hear audio streams in public venues such as theaters or schools. There are also systems where a person speaking can wear a microphone that transmits directly to your hearing aids.
Rather than fidgeting with the often-tiny controls on your hearing aids themselves, you may prefer a remote control accessory. If available and compatible with your particular hearing instruments, these remotes allow you to adjust the volume, switch programs, and turn your hearing aids on and off. Some also operate as wireless streaming devices and can work with apps on your smartphone.
Contact a hearing aid professional for advice
Call 855-355-9064 or contact us online to schedule a no-obligation appointment with a hearing care professional who can explain all the features and options available with hearing aids.
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