While batteries and cleaning equipment are essentials for every hearing aid wearer, these optional accessories might make caring for your devices easier or help you get more benefit from them.
Hearing Aid Dehumidifier
If you perspire heavily, live in a humid climate or enjoy lots of outdoor activity that might expose your hearing aids to damaging moisture, these accessories can help. Basic dehumidifiers use a desiccant to draw out moisture overnight. The desiccant will last a long time with regular reactivation. Some desiccants are contained in a soft pouch that can be reactivated in the microwave oven for about 1 minute. Others are housed in a metal tin that can be placed in an oven heated to 325° for about 30 minutes.
Bluetooth Streaming Devices
Most advanced hearing devices are already Bluetooth compatible, making it easy to connect wirelessly to smart phones. There are other streaming accessories such as TV streamers and remote controls that can be helpful. There are also streaming microphone devices available that allow the speaker to be streamed directly to the hearing aids. This is optimal for those patients who find themselves in difficult environments often!
Assistive Listening Devices
These accessories can help you hear better in very specialized listening environments like classrooms, lecture halls, music venues and theaters. These may include an amplified home telephone system to make conversations easier, or an alarm that can vibrate to wake you in the morning or alert you when someone is at your door.
There are numerous hearing aid accessories tailored to specific lifestyles. If you enjoy golf, biking or running, sweatbands will help keep perspiration from reaching delicate hearing instruments. Other accessories have clips that enable you to participate in sports or physical activities while keeping devices clean, dry and preventing them from falling out.