There are a variety of hearing accessories that can accompany your hearing aids, or act alone. Whether you are a swimmer or musician, there may be something for you!
- Assisted Listening Devices
- Bluetooth Devices
- Swim Molds
- Musician Ear Plugs
- Noise Protectors
Assisted Listening Devices (ALDs)
Assisted listening devices (ALDs) are any type of device that can help you function better in your day-to-day communication situations. An ALD can be used with or without hearing aids to overcome negative effects of distance, background noise, or poor room acoustics.
ALD’s include: FM Systems, loop systems, amplified phones and TV systems. We have catalogs of assistive devices and can guide you in your selection. We also carry many products at our offices including devices for watching TV. Watching television is often times difficult for people who may have a hearing loss. The good news is that there are devices available to help!
When you use a TV listening device:
- It does not affect the normal operation of your television’s volume function.
- Television’s volume can be set at a normal, lowered or muted volume while the person wearing the TV listening device can set their wireless TV headset volume to the level they prefer.
- They are compatible with satellite, cable, digital and HD TV.
- Are easy to install and include everything you need to hook up to any TV.
- At Tustin Hearing Center, we carry popular brands such as Connectline, Surflink, Sennheiser and TV Ears.
Call us ahead of time to speak to one of our trained staff so they can help with programming the device to your specific needs. 714-731-6549.
Bluetooth devices are used more and more in today’s world. Bluetooth is also known as “wireless” or “hands-free”. When bluetooth connectivity is combined with hearing aids you can easily press a button on a device worn on the neck that then sends the signal directly to your hearing device.
When this wireless connectivity is needed in public, (ie. meeting, lectures, churches) an external microphone is available. This microphone can provide clear speech for up to 30ft from the speaker.
When this Bluetooth connectivity is used with a telephone, the caller’s voice is directly sent to both ears of the listener. Now the listener can control the volume of the caller’s voice without the annoying feedback.
When Bluetooth connectivity is used with the TV, a small box is connected directly to the TV. The neck worn device can allow you to easily press a button to send the signal directly to your hearing device. This connectivity allows for the TV volume to be set at a level comfortable to others, while you fine tune the TV volume for your specific hearing needs.
Swim molds are designed to protect the ear canal and middle ear system from water entry. They are appropriate for patients with chronic swimmers ear, perforated ear drums or modified middle ear systems. A swim mold can be utilized by anyone wishing to maintain a relatively dry ear canal while bathing, surface swimming or showering. Floatable custom swim molds are ideal for anyone who wants to keep water out of his/her ears while swimming, bathing or showering.
Swim molds are particularly useful for children who have pressure equalization tubes in their eardrums due to frequent ear infections. Swim molds are available in a variety of colors and color combinations.
Swim molds are great for:
- Avid swimmers
- Those who need to keep the outer ear canal dry
Musician Earplugs are designed to replicate the natural response of the open ear. Sound heard with these earplugs has the same quality as the original, only quieter. Speech and music are clear–you still hear the blend clearly, feel the bass, and distinguish each tone. An ear impression is required to order custom Musician Earplugs. An appointment is necessary to purchase a set of musician ear plugs.
Exposure to excessive noise during work or leisure activities can increase a person’s risk of hearing loss and potentially worsen a pre-existing hearing problem. It is important to wear hearing protectors, especially if you must work in an excessively noisy environment. You should also wear hearing protection when using power tools, noisy yard equipment, firearms, or riding a motorcycle or snowmobile. Since there is no cure for noise-induced hearing loss, prevention is the sensible alternative. Hearing protectors come in two forms: earplugs and earmuffs.
Earplugs are small inserts that fit into the outer ear canal. Earplugs come in both custom fitted and stock sizes. They must be sealed snugly so the entire circumference of the ear canal is blocked. An improperly fitted, dirty, or worn-out plug may not seal properly and can result in no protection for hearing. Ear plugs are available in a variety of shapes and sizes to fit individual ear canals and can be custom-made. For people who have trouble keeping them in their ears, a more custom fitted ear plug may be required.
Earmuffs fit over the entire outer ear to form an air seal so the entire circumference of the ear canal is blocked, and they are held in place by an adjustable band. Earmuffs will not seal around eyeglasses or long hair, and the adjustable headband tension must be sufficient to hold earmuffs firmly in place.
Noise protection is important for:
- Those that work in high-volume workplaces
- Protection when using firearms, power tools, or loud yard equipment
- Protection for children’s ears in high-volume environments
- Protection when attending concerts or listening to loud music