Cell Phone Accessories
Confining hearing aid accessories to just cell phones would be doing a disservice to the industry. There are hundreds of accessories ready to purchase that will enhance the daily habits of anyone with a hearing aid. Compatibility is high, and more companies are beginning to include hearing aid support right out of the box. Higher guidelines for hearing aid compatible equipment haven’t slowed the production of accessories, and now the industry is the largest it has ever been.
Phones and neckloops
The main cell phone accessory for hearing aid users will be a neckloop. It supports HAC devices, even beyond phones. The feature is built into a lot of hearing aids, and will interface with the Bluetooth functionality of your device. Also in the same category is the ear hook silhouette, which uses the same magnetic signal as the neckloop. These are both based off of telecoil technology, so make sure your hearing aid supports it.
Similar to a neckloop, an earhook silhouette creates a magnetic signal that is recognized by the hearing aid’s telecoil. This can be worn over the ear or tucked behind a behind-the-ear hearing aid. This can be use with a variety of hearing aids, phones and cell phones.
Personal amplifiers are generally small boxes with a mic and listening cord attached to them, making them helpful for one-on-one conversations. These are most beneficial when the person talking attaches the microphone to their clothing and then the person with hearing loss uses the personal amplifier to hear the conversation more clearly and with fewer distractions.
FM systems use radio technology to bring and amplify sound in your hearing aid. FM systems are wireless and allows the user to wear a portable receiver which helps them better hear the speaker. These are generally used in classroom or other large-room settings.
Hearing aids equipped with Bluetooth technology can use assistive listening devices like streamers to connect them to televisions, radios and other compatible technology at home. This technology allows hearing aid wearers to adjust volumes for certain devices at home without disturbing anyone else watching or listening.
For a patient at Hear for You Hearing & Balance Center, assistive listening devices present several opportunities to experiment with current equipment. All of the manufacturers in business with the company can provide a list of accessories to enhance your hearing aids. As an added benefit this will also give you the best options upfront, with your audiologist being the perfect guide on what you need to get started.