Hearing aid accessories & features
Help for improved hearing
It is important to take good care of your hearing aids in order to reduce the risk of damaging them. Almost 75% of all damage to hearing aids is created by moisture and cerumen (ear wax). However, this can be easily prevented with proper care.
Learn about what hearing aid accessories are available to prevent the aforementioned damages, what they are used for, and what basic equipment is required.
High-Tech hearing aids
Hearing aids offers far more than simple routine support for people with impaired hearing. High-tech hearing aids not only simplify life with a healthy hearing system, but actually upgrade it. Modern hearing aids have proved that the era of bulky, impractical hearing aids reduced to their functional benefits is over. For instance, with the use of an appropriate receiver, hearing aids are now Bluetooth-enabled. Simply connect it to a stereo system, TV, radio, computer or smartphone, and take advantage of the wireless multimedia world – with the help of today’s advanced hearing aids. A remote control is also very useful to increase or reduce the volume of your hearing aid. Among the newest hearing aids, the “remote control” can even be an App on your smartphone.
From cerumen filters to drying boxes
We love to accessorize our iPhones, Androids, and other gadgets – the same applies to hearing aids. With regard to care, there is a large selection of products that can keep your devices clean and in good working order. From a complete set to individual accessories, the right maintenance supplies are available for every wearer. There are, for example, special removal brushes and hooks to remove ear wax, making accurate and careful cleaning possible. The auditory canal stick can be used to remove any dirt or debris from the hearing aid. A cerumen filter allows you to control the degree of cerumen and dirt that can potentially clog your devices. This is particularly important because dirt can block the hearing aid’s audio emission and damage it as a result. Should your own hearing aids be exposed to moisture (e.g. condensation or perspiration), we generally would not recommend improper drying – the technology is too sensitive. A drying box should be used instead.
How to use the PerfectDry LUX?
Follow these steps to use the PerfectDry LUX:
- First, make sure to plug in the PDL, and turn it on.
- Take the hearing aids.
- Take out the batteries before putting the hearing aids in the PDL.
- Also remove the dome if it has a dome.
- Put the hearing aids into the PDL and close the lid.
- Press the power button on the PDL once.
- You may see a blinking starts, which indicates that 30 minutes of U.V Light drying has started.
- After 30 minutes, the light should stop blinking and will be static, showing that the 30-minute process has ended.
- You may take the hearing aids out now.
Individual hearing aid accessories from various manufacturers
Every one of the top hearing aid manufacturers generally offer a wide range of accessories for their hearing aids. The assortment ranges from wireless microphones, battery loading stations, battery compartment openers, battery replacement magnets, all the way to telephones specially tailored to the requirements of hearing aid wearers. With the additional hearing aid accessories, you can individualize your own hearing experience even further and adapt them to your personal requirements.
A very special hearing experience is offered by the ReSound LiNX, the first hearing aid that can be directly connected with your iPhone, iPad or iPod. This allows you to stream music, movies, or calls directly to your own hearing system – without the need of any additional devices.
Features and do I need them?
As mentioned before that every device has different features. The premium devices have more features compared to the basic ones. Some of the features that hearing aids may offer are:
This means that the devices come with a directional microphone and help you understand where the sound is coming from. This help you communicate better with the people who are talking. This is especially suitable in noisy environments as some devices may find it hard to differentiate between noise and speech. This feature will help differentiate but also focus more on the speech in front of you, making it clearer to understand and make it easier for you to have a conversation.
Tinnitus is known as the buzzing or ringing sound in your ear. With many causes and no cure, hearing aids now come with maskers to help the people who might have Tinnitus. The masker covers the ringing or buzzing sound with other sounds that might be more calming and may actually help you concentrate. This can reduce the other effects of tinnitus such as; headaches or not being able to concentrate.
Most, if not all devices come with wax guards. Wax is the biggest killer of hearing aids as it can damage in the internal technology of the device. The wax guard ensures that even if there is a wax build up in the ear, then it doesn’t affect the hearing aid. They do need to be changed as part of the clean-up process but the audiologist can show you how that can be done.
How to change the wax guard?
Follow these steps to change your wax guard:
- Take the hearing aid.
- Use the dome puller on the dome strip to remove the dome.
- Using the arrow that indicates where to place the receiver, pull off the dome.
- Take a waxguard stick.
- Using the pointy end of the waxguard stick, insert it into the waxguard on the receiver. While pushing the waxguard stick into the waxguard, twist the stick in a clockwise direction, then pull it out to remove the waxguard.
- On the other end of the stick you have the new waxguard. Insert the new waxguard by pushing it into the receiver.
- You can now attach a new click dome.
Many premium digital hearing aids come with this automatic adaptation function. What this means is that as your environment and surrounding change, the hearing aid adapts the setting making it easier for you to listen better in any situation. For e.g. if you are in a noisy bar then the setting would adapt to amplify sounds more with focus on directionality, but, if you were to go to a park then the settings would change to pick up even the smallest of sounds such as a chirping bird.
Some of the latest technology of hearing devices can now be connected to phones. What does that mean? Well, it means you can use your phone effortlessly. Phone calls, music and other things can be streamed directly into your hearing aids via a Bluetooth connection or a hearing aid app. You can continue using your phone as normal. Hearing loss shouldn’t affect your daily life.
Different devices offer different features and the premium devices would have all of these and more features. But, whether you decide to go for them or not is dependent on you and your lifestyle. If you are a techie and love using your phone, then you might want some of the features mentioned above. However, if you lead a minimalistic lifestyle and spend a lot of time in quiet places then a more basic device would be perfect for you. It might help to create a diary of your everyday life and see which situations you go into and then choosing a device that would help you in all the situations you are in regularly.