Hearing aids aren’t just available in a wide range of sizes and styles; they can also accommodate a variety of accessories. Deciding which, if any, will benefit you can be tricky. You may want to speak with an audiologist at Arizona Hearing Specialists to learn more about any particular product.
Some of the more popular hearing aid accessories include:
- Wireless accessories. Utilizing Bluetooth® technology, wireless accessories enable you to hear better in situations where there is a lot of background noise or distance between you and the speaker. These include wireless microphones, remotes and television headsets.
- Transmitters and receivers. These are helpful in educational situations (a teacher’s words are transmitted directly into the student’s ears) and for children. Transmitters and receivers work together to overcome background noise, distance and reverberation, and contribute to a better learning experience.
- Power adaptors and cords. These add versatility by allowing direct input from various audio sources (FM systems, MP3 players, TVs and computers). Available with both monaural and binaural cords.
- Assistive listening devices/personal amplifiers. A microphone placed close to the speaker amplifies the sound that reaches your ears, giving your hearing aids a boost. Excellent for lectures, church service, theaters and television.
- Landline BT phone. Landline BT phones are cordless phones that automatically stream calls to your hearing aids, resulting in improved speech understanding. These devices feature a direct dial button, hands-free mode and compatibility for those without hearing loss. There is no feedback and no need to use a telecoil or streamer.
- Captioned phones. For people who are living with severe to profound hearing loss, captioned phones can be an excellent tool to help you communicate with friends, family members and professional contacts. Captioned phones are especially important because phone conversations are often difficult for people with hearing loss as they are not able to rely on lip reading and contextual cues to derive meaning from conversations. Captioned telephones can be used in a home or at work and have a built-in screen that displays text captions of the conversation during the call in near-real time.
Our audiologists will help you determine which accessories best fit your lifestyle.