Hearing aid accessories help people access sound better and make life (that’s hearing life) easier in certain situations. They stream sound directly to hearing aids resulting in a very clear auditory signal. These devices make your hearing aids even better.
One of the most popular accessories is a television streamer. It plugs into a TV or stereo and then wirelessly connects to your hearing aids. It streams the sound from the TV or stereo directly to the hearing aids. The hearing aid user gets a stereo quality sound at a level that they can hear while the person watching TV with them can adjust the TV volume however they want because the sound going to the hearing aid user does not change even if the TV is muted.
Another popular accessory is a remote microphone. Depending on the hearing aid company, the microphones have different capabilities. The microphone is small and worn by the person doing the talking. It transmits their voice directly into the hearing aids. This is very beneficial in noisy background situations or when the person cannot use visual cues to help them understand speech like when driving in a car. Some of the remote microphones have a built in telecoil that will stream sounds from looped auditoriums or churches directly into the hearing aid. Some microphones can be plugged into the headphone jack of a computer or tablet and send the sound into the hearing aids.
There is also a phone transmitter for those who do not have direct streaming into their hearing aids. The phone rings in their hearing aids so they never miss a call.
The direct streaming allows the hearing aid user to receive phone call audio in both hearing aids at a volume that lets them hear the caller with ease.
Additionally, the outside mics of the hearing aids can be muted while on the call so that the ambient noise does not interfere with hearing the caller. Another convenient feature is that when the phone is in range, the call can be answered with the device eliminating the need to search for the phone.
Hearing accessories can be invaluable tools for improving your quality of life, as they help to bridge the gap between auditory limitations and the desire to participate in social interactions and everyday activities.