As a new hearing aid owner, you may be interested in the various accessories and add-ons that exist. In this article we provide an introduction to common hearing aid accessories that you might want to consider. No matter which style or brand of hearing aid you have, these particular accessories, are nearly universal.
Stocking up on batteries is never a bad idea, because you’ll need a lot of them. Disposable batteries used in hearing aids tend to last, depending on how many hours you wear them, for 5 to 14 days.
Next on your list of “must have” accessories should be a hearing aid dehumidifier to protect it from moisture and thus keep it working well. To use it, you remove your hearing aids at night before you go to sleep and leave them in the dehumidifier overnight, while you’re not wearing them. Cleaning kits are also a sensible investment, as are ear wax filters to keep ear wax away from the unit, because the cleaner you keep your aids, the longer they’ll provide you with trouble-free service.
There are various Bluetooth extensions for specific hearing aids that will extend their capabilities. You can stream sound to your digital hearing aids directly from compatible mobile phones, music players and even the TV using the Bluetooth connection standard. With a Bluetooth connection to these devices, you don’t need to turn the volume up at the source to enjoy it.
An alternative for people with analog hearing aids is using an FM system to relay TV and stereo sounds at a distance. You place the microphone and transmitter near the sound source and the receiver amplifier close to your hearing aid. Such FM systems don’t cost very much, and may be useful if you share spaces with other people, because you don’t have to turn up the volume on stereos or TVs such that everyday conversations become difficult to hear.
Please ask us if you have questions about the hearing aid accessories available for your model of aid. We want you to have the right accessories to care for and fully enjoy your hearing aid.