Helpful Products To Know About
If you are new to the world of hearing aids, here are some products that have been developed to help with some of the problems that you may experience from time to time. Please note that I don't sell these products, this info is here for educational purposes. Links on this page are not an endorsement, but so that you can see what the product looks like.
Battery Tester - They make ones specially designed for testing the button type batteries hearing aids use. Hearing aids won't work if the battery's not good.
Earmold Air Blower - Blows out the moisture that tends to accumulate in earmold tubing. This moisture can distort sound, or even prevent the sound from reaching the ear. If moisture in the earmold is a big problem for you, ask your audiologist or hearing aid dealer about tubing designed to resist this buildup of moisture.
Huggie Aids - Hearing aid retainers for active adults and children. These help hold the hearing aid in place so they don't flop around. You'll find ideas for doing this on our page If Your Child Won't Keep Their Hearing Aids In....
Oto-Ease - An earmold lubricant. Helps make earmold insertion easier, especially with new earmolds. Just rub a drop or so of this around the earmold.
Oto-ferm - Helps prevent some feedback problems caused by earmolds that have been outgrown. Just rub a drop or so of this around the earmold. For more information and ideas, visit our Hearing Aid Feedback page.
Super Seals - A latex glove for hearing aids. They help keep moisture out of the hearing aid if your child tends to chew and slobber on them (as well as other situations where the hearing aid might get dirt or moisture in them). They help keep small fingers from messing with the controls. They help make a hearing aid easier to spot if a child drops or throws them. They also help turn a hearing aid into something a child can take more pride in. They come in a variety of colors. If their colors don't suit you, I've heard from others who say that they just cut off the lower part of a balloon, roll it down like you would a sock, and use that over the hearing aid. You may have to experiment a little to see what shape and size balloon give you the best fit. If you use this idea, it would probably be a good idea to use some method of moisture control.
Stethoset - A stethoscope-like apparatus for hearing aid monitoring. When young children are wearing hearing aids, they should be monitored daily for proper functioning. The Stethoset help you do that. Please remember to turn down the volume on the hearing aid before you listen to it. Most hearing aids have a dial on them for turning down the volume, but some don't - the volume is programmed in. If the Stethoset you purchase doesn't come with a dial for turning down the volume, you can achieve the same effect by pinching the tubing on the Stethoset. An alternative to the Stethoset is to have a personal earmold made for yourself attached to 12" of tubing.