The 4 Best Hearing Aid Accessories for Your Device
Posted October 5, 2017

Believe it or not, your hearing aid may be able to do a lot more than you think.  
There are a lot of options these days for improving upon your hearing aid unit.  
Want to get the most out of your device with hearing aid accessories?  Below are
four crucial hearing aid accessories that you'll want to make sure you have for
your device.

A Hearing Aid Cleaning Brush

It's important that you maintain your hearing aid. A cleaning brush is a must-have
​accessory that will help you to take care of your device and comes with the purchase of hearing aids.  By using the brush, you can wipe away natural dirt and buildup that occurs when using your device and clean areas such as the sound port, body, and faceplate.  By using your cleaning brush regularly, your device will last much longer. This can save you a lot of money and hassle in the long run.

While routine maintenance and cleaning from your hearing care provider will go a long way towards keeping your hearing aid in good condition, it's also a good idea to do your part to take care of it as well. Regular maintenance can help to give your hearing aids a longer life and helping it to continue working reliably. This service is provided at no additional cost to our patients.

A Hearing Aid Dehumidifier

A hearing aid that's used daily can naturally collect moisture. This is especially true if you live in a particularly hot and humid location. As a result, it's important that you take a few steps to protect your hearing aid from humidity. I have had a few too many patients forget to take them out when they get in the shower. Oops! When this happens, I instruct them to remove the batteries and put the aids in their hearing aid dehumidifier for 24 hours.

Basic dehumidifiers make use of a desiccant to draw out moisture while you sleep at night. Dehumidifiers can last a long time as well, as long as you make sure to activate it regularly.  Desiccants have different methods for reactivation. Some will be contained in a soft pouch that you can reactive by placing in the microwave for 1 minute. Other desiccant options will be housed in a metal tin which will need to heat for 30 minutes in an oven at 325?. Instructions for any given desiccant option may vary.

A Dry & Store unit is another option. These are small electronic devices that sanitize hearing aids with the use of UV rays.  Any storage options will offer help keep your unit dry to some extent and help to remove moisture. Any storage you choose will likely be better not using one at all.

An External Bluetooth Device
Some of the greatest hearing aid advances over the years are due to Bluetooth technology. Bluetooth is a wireless feature that directly connects your hearing aid to other devices that you use around the home.
Many hearing aids these days are made with Bluetooth compatibility. While your hearing aid may already compatible with Bluetooth, you will likely also need a small external streaming device that is compatible with your specific hearing aid.
These external Bluetooth devices will work with your wireless hearing aid and can usually be easily clipped to your shirt or worn on a necklace.

Devices that use Bluetooth and that you may be able to connect with can include televisions, cell phones, iPods, laptops, and other electronic devices where you may need sound.  A Bluetooth device can be a lifesaver when using a cell phone.  While traditional phones are often easier to hear due to built-in Telecoil technology, cell phones are usually more difficult. A Bluetooth device will allow you to directly connect the sound from the phone to your hearing aid.  Be aware, however, that not all hearing aids are Bluetooth compatible. Check with your provider to find out if your device has Bluetooth technology, before buying a Bluetooth accessory.

Microphones and Assistive Hearing Aid Accessories

Similar to a Bluetooth device, you can also improve your hearing capabilities in many situations using a microphone. A remote microphone will send wireless signals directly to your hearing aid.  A small microphone can be an excellent help in a noisy environment where you can't get close to the person who is speaking. It can allow you to listen easier in an environment such as a church, a classroom, or an auditorium.

You may also consider using a microphone in a meeting or at a dinner where it can be hard to hear someone at the other end of the table. You can also use a microphone during driving and while talking to backseat passengers.  A microphone or assistive listening enhancement can be a huge help in your everyday life or when going to special events.

Final Thoughts

By now you probably realize that you may not be getting the most out of your hearing aid.  As technology develops, there will likely be more and more hearing aid accessories that can revolutionize the way you hear the world around you.  For now, you would do well to consider adding some of the helpful hearing aid accessories listed above.

At The Hearing Center of Ohio, we're here to serve you. Check out our hearing services page to find out more about what we can do for you.
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