What Are Must-Have Hearing Aid Accessories?
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There are a number of affordable, must-have hearing aid accessories designed to simplify hearing aid maintenance, prevent damage and prolong the life of these high-tech assistive devices. Some of these must-have accessories include carrying cases, spare batteries and safety cords, as well as drying and cleaning kits. This guide covers essential hearing aid accessories for anyone who uses a behind-the-ear, in-the-ear or in-the-canal hearing aid.
Hearing aid users should always place their aids inside a small, clean case when the devices aren’t in use. There are a number of low-cost hearing aid cases available that are designed to keep the aids clean, and some cases are also waterproof, which is ideal for use while at the beach or pool.
With the exception of devices powered by built-in rechargeable batteries, all removable hearing aids are powered by disposable, user-replaceable batteries.
Users should always have at least one spare battery on-hand, as these batteries can stop working with very little notice. Since hearing aid batteries need to be replaced every five to 14 days depending on the battery size, type of hearing aid and frequency of use, it’s a good idea to set up a recurring battery subscription through a mail-order service or a local hearing aid provider.
Safety cords for hearing aids prevent loss or damage should the device become dislodged from the ear. These lightweight cords are very similar to eyeglass retainer cords and come in a variety of styles and colors, including ones that clip to the wearer’s clothing.
Safety cords are often recommended for children who wear hearing aids and people who are prone to misplacing their assistive devices.
Hearing aids rely on complex electronics to process and amplify sounds, and hearing aid performance can be compromised if the device is exposed to humidity caused by sweat, rain or snow.
Drying kits quickly and safely dehumidify all types of hearing aids to preserve the electronic processors and prolong the life of the device. These kits come in a variety of styles, including USB-powered drying boxes and kits with disposable packets that attract and retain moisture.
Hearing aids should be cleaned daily to prevent wax and debris build-up on the microphone, speaker and earmold. Most hearing aids come with a basic cleaning pick, but users can also purchase professional-grade cleaning tools that include a number of brushes and tube cleaners.