Today’s hearing aids work better than ever before, but their performance still hasn’t been perfected for every situation. Hearing aid wearers often find that they struggle to hear in settings with excess background noise, where the speaker is far away or when acoustics are poor. Hearing aid accessories offer patients a solution for improved listening in many challenging situations. Here’s a look at some of the most popular hearing aid accessories for Spokane patients.
- Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs)—ALDs are personal amplification systems that are useful when the source of sound is far away from the listener or difficult to hear. They can be used separately from your hearing aids or in tandem with them to improve the quality, clarity and volume of sound. There are three types of ALDs: FM systems, infrared systems and audio loops. Each one delivers sound to the receiver in your ear using a different technology. ALDs are commonly used in theaters, classrooms, lecture halls, churches and synagogues, conference rooms and more.
- Microphones—Tiny, portable wireless microphones are helpful for many people with hearing aids. They can be used to improve conversation in situations where there is a lot of excess background noise. The microphone is usually attached to the clothing of your companion, and it transmits sound to your hearing aid wirelessly. There are also specialized microphone systems designed for Spokane students to use in the classroom to amplify lessons or lectures.
- Remote Controls—Wireless technology also allows patients to control the settings on their hearing devices remotely. This can be done with a handheld hearing aid remote control or using an app for some styles of hearing aids. Remote controls allow you to change programs, adjust the sound levels of what you’re hearing, change the volume, control your Bluetooth connectivity and more without ever touching your hearing aids.
- Wax Guards—Wax guards are an excellent investment that will help you protect your hearing aids from potential damage and buildups. Your ears naturally produce wax to protect your auditory system, which is great for your ears but bad for the electronic components of your hearing aids. Excess earwax can cause your devices to malfunction, necessitating professional repairs. Wax guards can be added to many devices to protect from wax buildups and simplify your nightly cleaning routine.
Bluetooth® Connectivity—Many hearing aids are now equipped with wireless technology, allowing them to connect directly to many electronic devices including cell phones, televisions, computers, tablets, laptops, in-car entertainment systems, MP3 players and more. This means you can stream audio directly into your hearing devices for clear, quality sound that’s easy for you to hear, even when there’s a lot of background noise.