Do you do well with your hearing aids except for television? Except for using your cell phone? Except for hearing in a restaurant? Did you know that there are accessories that work with many hearing aids? These accessories can connect to your television, pair to your cell phone, or pair to a mini microphone that your family member of friend can wear. They can connect directly to your hearing aids and significantly improve your hearing in these situations.
Many hearing aids manufactured in the past 5 years have a built-in antennae that connects to accessories. While the specific signal that each manufacturer uses can vary, most of the major manufacturers have options for almost every need. Some require a body-worn relay, called a streamer, that hangs around your neck. Others are able to work directly with the hearing aids.
Alternatively, some hearing aids have a telecoil. A telecoil is another way to use a landline telephone. Many hearing aids have a built-in coil. Some venues, such as PPAC, have assistive listening devices that you can borrow. The devices can connect to your telecoil for better hearing in these situations.