Hearing Aid Accessories and What They’re Used For

Dry Aid Products

If water stays in a hearing aid for a lengthened period of time, it will slowly cause corrosion and damage. Although many newer aids have a special coating that reduce the risk of this happening, it’s still beneficial to invest in a dry aid product; not only for the life of your hearing aids, but also for your comfort.

Ranging from $7 to $100+, Dry Aid products are a great way to take the moisture out of your hearing aids.

The Moisture Guard generates dry heat to reduce moisture in hearing aids. It’s as simple as plugging it in overnight when hearing aids are not needed.

Looking for something cheaper?

The Dry Spot Dehumidifier is a microwaveable container that keeps hearing aids moisture-free by use of its patented desiccant pillow.

Batteries

Batteries can run out at the worst of times, it always helps to have a couple spare. Fortunately they’re quite cheap.

Have a look at our range of batteries, including battery testers to find out how much power you’ve got left!

The Jodi Hearing Aid Vacuum

Jodi is a compact, portable, and affordable solution for cleaning hearing aids. It’s much more efficient to remove wax in small amounts rather than waiting until it builds up, requiring a professional cleaning service.

Take a look at the Jodi Hearing Aid Vacuum here (consumer and professional model)

Telephone Ear Buff

Speaking on the telephone with hearing aids can be unpleasant due to hearing aid feedback. We’ve got two products that help reduce this, the Ear Buff and Octagonal Phone Pad.

They’re both extremely easy to wash, and also easily attached to the telephone.

Looking to buy hearing aids? Read this page.

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High-Frequency Hearing Loss – What You Need to Know

Studies have shown that high-frequency hearing loss is more common in teenagers than it was 20 years ago (an increase of 4%). This may not come as a surprise to some, as the growth of personal listening devices has contributed to the problem.

Causes of High-Frequency Hearing Loss

The most common cause of high-frequency loss is lengthened exposure to loud noise. This generally includes noise level over 85 decibels – such as lawn mowers, large sound systems, personal listening devices (iPods), chainsaws, and more.

If one was to prevent noise-induced high-frequency hearing loss they’d need to A) avoid situations where loud noise is present; or B) restrict the length of their exposure to loud noise.

Here’s an informative chart from Galen Carol audio which illustrates the OSHA daily permissible noise level exposure.

Other causes of high-frequency hearing loss can include:

  • Diabetes
  • Genetics
  • Aging
  • Infections and diseases
  • Otitis media (middle ear inflammation)

Symptoms of High-Frequency Hearing Loss

Bad cases of high-frequency hearing loss can start at a frequency of 1000 Hz and then slope down from there (to frequencies above 1000 Hz, not below). This is unfortunate as common consonants such as S, H, F, T, and P, which lie in the higher ranges, become harder to identify in everyday conversation.

Not only that, but it becomes almost impossible to understand conversation when there’s background noise. This means talking in groups can be an absolute nightmare.

Tinnitus can be another symptom of high-frequency hearing loss.

How to Manage it?

It’s all well and good to try and prevent high-frequency hearing loss by reducing your exposure to loud noises and the likes, but what if it’s too late? What if you already have high-frequency hearing loss?

Not all is lost (pun intended). Fortunately, hearing aids can be a great help for those with high-frequency hearing loss. Some hearing aids can take high-frequency sounds and lower them by use of frequency transposition or nonlinear frequency compression.

Aside from that, learning sign language and especially lip-reading may prove beneficial. High-frequency sounds are some of the most visible sounds on a person’s lips.

Do you have high-frequency hearing loss? Take a look at our range of products for the deaf and hard of hearing.