Many Forms of Hearing Aid Accessories
While hearing aids are able to bring you a better quality of life, hearing aid accessories elevate your hearing aid experience to a new level. These accessories come in many forms, and can be tailored to fit your lifestyle. Your audiologist will work with you to determine which accessories will be most beneficial for you.
Hearing aid compatible telephones – there are numerous telephones on the market that are able to directly connect with your hearing aid. The phone conversation can be broadcast directly to your hearing aid, which helps to eliminate background noise. These phones are often equipped with talk to text options; a large screen will display (in real time) written captions of what the caller on the other end of the line is saying.
Media devices – these wireless devices are plugged into a sound source, such as a TV or stereo, and broadcast the sound directly to your hearing aid.
Remote controls – these pocket sized devices wirelessly connect to your hearing aid and enable you to change the settings without having to fiddle with the small buttons and dials on the hearing aid.
Assistive Listening Devices
Assistive listening devices (ALDs) are used to improve your hearing in situations that make deciphering voices from background noise difficult. The key to an ALD is the telecoil (t-coil). The telecoil works as a wireless receiver inside your hearing aid.
If you are in a room that is properly equipped, such as a classroom, auditorium or even a courtroom, sound is picked up through microphones and is broadcast directly into your hearing aid through FM, infrared or induction loop transmissions. This direct connection eliminates background noise.
Depending on how the sound is transmitted, a receiver may need to be purchased. The receiver is simply worn around your neck and is able to convert the transmissions into signals that your hearing aid’s telecoil can interpret.
Bluetooth Hearing Aid Accessories
Bluetooth enabled hearing aids allow you to wirelessly connect your hearing aid with any Bluetooth enabled device. Bluetooth devices are available in an ever-growing list, ranging from cellular phones to MP3 players to televisions.
Our audiologists will help you determine which accessories best fit your lifestyle.