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Hearing Aid Accessories

Hearing aids are amazing devices which can provide you with the ability to reconnect with all the sounds you have been missing. However, depending on the hearing aids you pick out when working with our doctors of audiology, you may benefit from some hearing aid accessories to make the most of your hearing aids.

What Are Hearing Aid Accessories

Hearing aid accessories are devices developed to pair with your hearing aids. These extra devices are not usually necessary for your hearing aids to work, though sometimes hearing aid recharging stations are classified as accessories. However, how we define hearing aid accessories is that they are devices which are not included in the purchase price of your hearing aids but can improve the utility of your hearing aids.

With hearing aid accessories, you can do a variety of things, from streaming phone calls from your phone to your hearing aids to controlling the settings on your hearing aids.

To give you a better idea of what kinds of hearing aid accessories are out there, we will be going over the various currently available hearing aids and what major hearing aid brands make these accessories.

Remote Controls For Hearing Aids

Generally, hearing aids have small buttons and dials for you to adjust your hearing aids. The problem is that sometimes, these tiny adjustment buttons can be tough to use, especially if you struggle with dexterity issues.

To help you overcome this problem, hearing aid manufacturers have developed hearing aid remote controls. These remotes allow you to make adjustments to your hearing aids without having to touch your hearing aid. Some of the top hearing aid brands with remote controls are:

  • ReSound Remote Control 2
  • Phonak PilotOne
  • Oticon Remote Control 3.0
  • Starkey TruLink Remote and Starkey SurfLink Remote
  • Widex RC-DEX
  • Signia miniPocket and Signia easyPocket

There are also apps from these major hearing aid brands which can act as remote controls. However, if you don’t want to mess with an app every time you want to adjust your hearing aids, using one of these simple remotes can be a great option.

Direct TV Streaming Accessories

Watching TV when you have hearing aids and the other person watching with you doesn’t have hearing aids can make it difficult to agree on the appropriate volume level.

It often leaves the person with hearing aids needing to adjust the volume of their hearing aids and may leave you missing parts of the show you’re trying to watch as you work to find the right volume. Also, some hearing aid users have reported that the TV sounds more mechanical or “tinny” as it is processed by hearing aids.

Instead of struggling with less-than-quality TV watching, you can use a TV streaming accessory. This hearing aid accessory allows you to stream the sounds of the TV directly to your hearing aids for a high-quality listening experience. Streamers you can find from top hearing aid brands are:

  • ReSound TV Streamer 2
  • Phonak TVLink
  • Oticon TV Adapter 3.0
  • Starkey TV and Starkey SurfLink Media 2
  • Widex TV PLAY and Widex TV-DEX
  • Signia StreamLine TV

Some of the TV streamers can also be paired with hearing aid apps to allow you greater control over your streaming.

Hearing Aid Accessories For Call Streaming

There are various cell phone accessories available to make your phone calls easier. However, hearing aid accessories for call streaming is superior to those more basic accessories.

With a call streaming accessory, you don’t have to try to position your phone just right by your hearing aids to capture the sounds of your phone call. Instead, you can have the call streamed right into your hearing aids for superior sound quality. Also, these call streaming accessories often come with a microphone, so you can take and make calls hands-free. Some of the hearing aid call streaming accessories out there are:

  • ReSound Phone Clip+
  • Phonak ComPilot, Phonak ComPilot Air and Phonak EasyCall II
  • Oticon ConnectClip
  • Starkey SurfLink Mobile 2 and Starkey Mini Mobile
  • Widex COM-DEX, Widex UNI-DEX, Widex CALL-DEX, and Widex PHONE-DEX
  • Signia StreamLine Mic

Improved Hearing Range Accessories

The range that hearing aids can capture sound varies depending on the hearing aids. In situations where you want to be able to keep up with what is going on around you, but your hearing aids lack the range, you can use a hearing aid range microphone.

This hearing aid accessory captures more sound than your regular hearing aids, with some providing as much of 80 ft of area coverage. These devices can be especially useful during family gatherings, car rides, and meetings. Some of them even act as directional focuses, allowing you to hone in on sounds from a particular direction. Brands which make these hearing range accessories are:

  • ReSound Micro Mic and ReSound Multi Mic
  • Phonak Roger Select, Phonak Roger Table Mic II, Phonak Roger EasyPen, Phonak Clip-On Mic, Phonak Roger Pen, and Phonak RemoteMic
  • Starkey SurfLink Mobile 2 and Starkey SurfLink Remote Microphone 2
  • Widex COM-DEX REMOTE MIC
  • Signia StreamLine Mic

Find Hearing Aid Accessories At Hearing & Balance Doctors

As licensed hearing healthcare professionals, our doctors of audiology can order any hearing aid accessory you are interested in. If you aren’t sure if the accessory is compatible with your hearing aids, feel free to contact us to discuss your options with our audiologists.