Most first-time buyers of hearing aids are interested in add-ons and options, so in this post we offer a few of our recommendations. No matter which style or model of hearing aid you have, the following accessories, are nearly universal.

Stocking up on batteries is never a bad idea, because you’ll need a lot of them. If your hearing aid uses disposable batteries, they last an average of 5 to 14 days, depending on how many hours a day you wear the aids.

Because hearing aids are susceptible to moisture, hearing aid dehumidifiers are a good idea to protect your investment and to insure that it will keep working perfectly for many years. To use it, you remove your hearing aids at night before you go to sleep and leave them in the dehumidifier overnight, while you’re not wearing them. Two additional investments to make in the care of your valuable hearing aids are cleaning kits (to clean moisture from them every night) and ear wax filters (to keep ear wax away from the units when you’re wearing them); again, the cleaner you keep your aids, the longer they’ll last.

There are various Bluetooth extensions for specific hearing aids that will extend their capabilities. Many digital hearing aids support the Bluetooth wireless connection standard, which means that they can be configured to stream sound directly from many mobile phones, audio players such as iPods, and televisions. The Bluetooth connection allows you to enjoy these devices without having to be very close to them or turn up the volume.

Another way of doing this if you have an analog hearing aid is to use an FM system, which is basically a remote microphone/transmitter that you can place near the TV or stereo and a remote receiver/amplifier that you place closer to your hearing aid. An FM system is inexpensive and can be a great help in spaces shared with other people. You’ll be able to hear the stereo or TV from across the room without turning it up even with other conversations happening in the room.

Please ask us if you have questions about the hearing aid accessories available for your model of aid. Smart selection of accessories goes a long way toward maintaining and enjoying your aid.

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