May is “Better Hearing Month” month so we thought that this would be a good time to look over the different accessories that are available to those who are hard-of-hearing and help to enrich their lives. Suffering from a hearing loss can be incredibly frustrating not only for the sufferer but also for the friends and family trying to communicate with them. Good communication with the people around us is vital for our wellbeing and when hearing loss creeps in, it can be easier for those with the condition to seclude themselves to save the embarrassment.
Thankfully, there are a number of different accessories that can be paired with a hearing aid in order to help those who are hard-of-hearing lead an easier and much more fulfilling life.
These discreet clip-on microphones are designed to increase the signal-to-noise ratio. Some people who suffer hearing loss may struggle in noisy environments and others find it harder in one-on-one situations. A multi-mic allows you to hear clearly regardless of your surroundings.
A telecoil, or T-coil, is a small copper wire inside hearing aids. The wire acts as an antenna that links to a sound system which then feeds clear sound back to the wearer. They are available as an option on most hearing aids but typically come in most cochlear implant processors.
- Loop systems
T-coils work in conjunction with loop systems (also called an audio induction loop). A loop system is a magnetic wireless signal that is picked up by hearing aids when they are set to “T” (Telecoil). Often, these will be used in situations where there is just one speaker present such as at school, a conference, the theater, or in church.
- TV streamers
These allow clear stereo sound to be streamed straight from the television to the hearing aid without needing to increase the volume for everyone else in the room. One of the first signs of hearing loss usually comes from the sufferer needing to turn the television volume up to levels that are uncomfortable for everyone else watching. With TV streamers, everyone wins.
- Hearing aid remote controls
Many hearing aid users want a discreet way of adjusting the balance and volume of their hearing aids and having a wireless, easy to use remote control can help.
- Assistive listening devices
There are many devices out there that can assist you even when you aren’t wearing your hearing aid. These include things like extra-loud alerting devices such as smoke and burglar alarms, amplified telephones, doorbells, and even oven timers.
If you think you might need a hearing assessment or just want to discuss possible hearing aids and accessories, then contact Wendy here at Concierge Hearing Aid Services. She’ll be happy to come and give you a hearing test at home and discuss your needs in depth.