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What Are Hearing Aid Accessories?

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Hearing aid accessories are devices that work with your hearing aids to provide better sound quality and more comfortable wear. These devices will help you get the most out of your investment by:

  • Providing higher-quality sound 
  • Making it easier for you to wear them all day long
  • Improving your quality of life

What Are Hearing Aid Accessories?

Hearing aid accessories can be used with hearing aids to make life easier for people who have a hard time hearing. They range from high-tech devices designed by the manufacturers to simple do-it-yourself projects made at home.

Hearing aids are devices that amplify sound. They come in various styles, but all have the same essential parts: earpiece, batteries, and electronics to control amplification. There is usually some volume control on them as well. Hearing aid accessories can be used with any style of hearing aid - old or new!

Examples of Hearing Aid Accessories

Many accessories can be used with hearing aids. Some of the most common types include ear tips, headbands, and more! 

Ear Tips 

There are two primary materials used in making these small devices: silicone or foam rubber. Foam tips tend to provide better sound quality but increase noise levels, while silicone tips may not offer as good sound quality but a decreased noise level. 

Headbands 

Many people find headband-style hearing aids to be more comfortable than those that fit entirely inside the ear canal. These devices can also help keep your hearing aid from falling out as easily as it might if placed entirely in the ear. They are handy for patients who often swim or exercise and want to keep their hearing aids secure. 

Many other accessories can be used with your hearing aid, but these two examples (ear tips and headbands) tend to be the most common types of devices available on the market!

How Can You Use Hearing Aid Accessories?

Hearing aid accessories enhance the sound quality of hearing aids. However, they can also be used for other purposes, such as ear protection or cosmetic enhancement. The main parts that might need replacing include batteries, tubing, domes, and filters. Accessories should only be replaced by a professional experienced in working with these items around sensitive components.

Batteries help to power hearing aids. The manufacturer's recommended frequency should be replaced every three days for rechargeable batteries or two weeks for zinc-air disposable cells. 

However, hearing aid battery size can vary depending on the model of an instrument and personal preference. In addition, batteries may not function well if not installed correctly.

How Do You Choose Your Accessories?

To choose your accessories, you will want to consider how many aids you need and what is most important for your lifestyle. For example, if there's a lot of noise in the background, maybe look into getting some wireless headphones that can pick up on surrounding sounds like traffic or people talking next to you. 

For easy access, try looking into behind-the-ear (BTE) or in-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids. There are many accessories to help with your BTE and ITE hearing aid, including a neck loop for wireless headphones or an earmold that will fit the size of your ear canal perfectly.

Taking Care of Hearing Aid Accessories

Hearing aid accessories include batteries, ear tips, and wax guards. These items need to be taken care of to last longer and maintain the proper performance levels. There are a few things you can do to take care of these essential hearing aids.

Keep them away from extreme heat or cold. Store them at room temperature, where the humidity will stay consistent as well. If they get exposed to scorching temperatures, it can damage your hearing aids and reduce their lifespans. The same goes for very low temperatures in winter months - keep them in a place where the temperature is consistent.

Keep them away from soapy water, household cleaners, and other chemicals that damage your hearing aid accessories. While it's okay to clean some parts of your device with soap and warm water (like the ear tips or wax guards), make sure you rinse off all residue before putting these items back into your ears. If you would like to use a household cleaner, it's best to consult with your audiologist first before trying anything new.

It is essential to know what you need and why to make sure your hearing aids are covered. Learning more about the different types of accessories for your needs will help guide you toward the perfect devices with all the necessary coverage options in place. Do your research and get the most from your hearing aid experience.

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