For patients young and old in Alexandria, hearing aids should result in improved quality of life and personal relationships. Even with today’s amazing digital technologies, though, certain situations are still problematic for hearing aid wearers due to uncontrollable factors like distance, background noise and poor acoustics. Some examples of settings that make hearing difficult include movies, plays, lectures, classrooms, restaurants, conferences, meetings, phone calls and group events or parties.
Hearing aid accessories aim to deliver clear, quality sound in challenging hearing settings where your hearing aids fall short on their own.
There is a wide range of specialized hearing aid accessories available. Talk to an audiologist to discover how hearing aid accessories can work with your existing hearing devices to improve clarity and enhance your comprehension and communication abilities.
Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs)
ALDs can be used alone or in tandem with your hearing aids to enhance and clarify sound. They’re commonly used when the source of sound is too far away for your hearing aids to pick it up successfully. ALDs transmit sound wirelessly from the source to a receiver containing a speaker near your ear. They’re also programmed to reduce unwanted background noise. There are three types of assistive listening devices available to Louisiana patients.
- Frequency Modulated (FM) systems use radio waves to communicate between their transmitter and receiver. Since radio transmissions are very common, FM ALD systems’ benefits can sometimes be limited due to unwanted interference. To combat interference, the FCC has a range of high-frequency channels reserved for ALD use only.
- Infrared systems are very similar to FM ALDs, but they use infrared light rather than radio waves to transmit sound (like household remote controls). Infrared systems don’t face any problems with interference, but they have their own limitations. Infrared signals can only travel about 150 feet, and there can’t be any obstacles between the transmitter and receiver.
- Inductive (audio) looping systems are built-in amplification systems in certain buildings that directly connect to hearing aids set on “telecoil” mode. Audio loops are becoming increasingly popular with each passing year and are often found in movie theaters, educational facilities, sanctuaries, museums, conference halls, courtrooms and more.
Wireless Bluetooth® Accessories
Bluetooth technology has become the norm in modern electronic devices, and hearing aids are no exception. The latest digital hearing aids and accessories use Bluetooth technology to communicate wirelessly with other Bluetooth-equipped appliances and systems. Wireless hearing aid accessories for Louisiana patients use high-frequency radio waves to communicate with electronics such as smartphones, tablets, music players, radios, computers, television headsets, entertainment systems and more.
By incorporating hearing aid accessories into your regular routine, you can maximize your hearing capabilities in challenging listening situations. At Audiology Consultants of Louisiana’s office in Alexandria, we offer the latest hearing aid accessories to meet a wide range of needs. If you think you would benefit from an ALD, wireless device or other amplification system, schedule an appointment at our state-of-the-art hearing and balance center to discover more about today’s technologies and treatment options.