Whether you have completely normal hearing or hearing loss, hearing assistive devices may be beneficial to you or your child!

This post will explore what hearing assistive devices are, why they are beneficial, the different types, and how to get an assistive device. 

What is a hearing assistive device?

People with normal hearing, especially children, struggle when there is a lot of background noise. These devices are designed to improve the ability to listen especially in challenging listening environments like a loud classroom or meeting, television, restaurants, etc. There are many different kinds of devices available and each performs better for certain situations. These devices must be compatible with your hearing aid manufacturer and paired. 

Why are hearing assistive devices beneficial?

The most common complaint about people who have hearing loss even with hearing aids is that they struggle with background noise. An example would be sitting in a loud restaurant with a group of people and you are struggling to keep up with the conversation. For children, need speech to be much louder than the noise in the classroom and will be unable to perform well. The hearing assistive devices are able to directly connect to hearing devices or increase the volume of the talker. Some of these devices are able to filter out and decrease the background noise while directly connecting to the hearing device. 

What are some of the different types of hearing assistive devices?

  • Remote Microphones: a highly advanced microphone that a talker wears that also reduces background noise
  • Accessory Microphones: a microphone that a talker wears that directly connects to a hearing device
  • Telecoil: a program on some hearing devices that can connect to public loop systems to directly connect a hearing device to the public sound system
  • FM system: an additional piece that attaches on a hearing device that directly communicates to a transmitter that a speaker wears
  • TV adapters: These devices will directly connect to the television and your hearing device to increase audibility. 
  • Public sound system:  A speaker that increases the talker’s voice for everyone in the room and does not directly connect to the hearing device

How do you get a hearing assistive device?

The best way that you can get and inquire about these different devices is to go to your hearing care professional. These professionals will know the best device that pairs specifically to your device. Every hearing device will have its own way to connect and pair and have devices that are made specifically for the make and model of your hearing device. They will know which is the best for the listening environments you or your child is struggling in and recommend the correct device. 

If you feel that you are struggling with hearing check in with your local hearing care professional to have your hearing health checked and discuss options for improving your audibility.