Should you be curious about what else you may want to accompany your new hearing aid, here are a few suggestions. Regardless of which type or brand of hearing aid you wear, the following accessories, are fairly common.
The first thing you should think of is less an accessory than a necessity; stock up on batteries, because you are going to need them. If your hearing aid uses disposable batteries, they last an average of 5 to 14 days, depending on how many hours a day you wear the aids.
Because hearing aids are susceptible to moisture, hearing aid dehumidifiers are a good idea to protect your investment and to insure that it will keep working perfectly for many years. You place the aids into the dehumidifier at night, when you’re not wearing them. Two additional investments to make in the care of your valuable hearing aids are cleaning kits (to clean moisture from them every night) and ear wax filters (to keep ear wax away from the units when you’re wearing them); again, the cleaner you keep your aids, the longer they’ll last.
When it comes to options that can increase your use of and enjoyment of your aids, you should look into the Bluetooth compatibility options provided by the manufacturer of your hearing aid. Many digital hearing aids support the Bluetooth wireless connection standard, which means that they can be configured to stream sound directly from many mobile phones, audio players such as iPods, and televisions. 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.
There are constantly new hearing aid accessories being introduced. If you have questions about these or any others, just ask. Having the right accessories will help you get greater enjoyment and use out of your hearing aid.