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Gift Ideas For People With Hearing Aids

Every year about this time I start to get phone calls from our patients’ family members asking if there are any holiday gifts they can get mom or dad to go along with their new hearing aids. The answer is always, YES!

Dehumidifiers – Hearing aids can be an expensive investment so it would make sense to protect them from damage or excessive wear and tear. 500x500Preventative maintenance is essential. One of the biggest problems we see is moisture inside of the hearing aid. Dampness, humidity and body moisture can reduce the hearing aid’s sensitivity, shorten battery life and cause corrosion. So a great gift idea for any hearing aid user would be a hearing aid dehumidifier. The price will range from $25 for a small jar with pellets that pull out the moisture, to over $200 for an electronic dehumidifier which also works sterilizer removing unwanted bacteria.

Bluetooth – Over the past few years we’ve seen an increase in the ability to wirelessly stream videos and ComPilotmusic to our computers, televisions and cell phones. Advances in hearing technology have made it possible to receive wireless sound as well.

Here’s how it works: A wireless Bluetooth streamer is worn around the neck like a necklace. This Bluetooth streamer receives music streaming from your iPod or cell phone and then it streams the sound directly into both hearing aids where the sound is adjusted for your particular hearing loss. Imagine not letting hearing loss come between you and your enjoyment of pop, classic rock, or whatever style of music you like!

In addition to streaming music, we can also stream the sound from your smart phone as well. The Bluetooth streamer takes a caller’s voice and wirelessly sends it directly into your hearing aids – through both ears! The result is that you can receive calls anywhere – from either ampphotophn_16188_600px_lgyour cell phone or home phone – and it helps you to understand the conversation with much greater ease and comfort.

Amplified Telephones – For people whose hearing aids are not Bluetooth compatible or who do not want to wear a streaming device, an amplified telephone is a great gift. These telephones amplify incoming sounds by up to 30 dB and bring the sound in loud and clear, allowing much better communication than on a standard telephone.

Today’s amplified telephones are better than ever. We have cordless telephones, telephones with large numbers (for people who are also visually impaired), and even telephones with answering machines.

CapTel – Ideal for people with some degree of hearing loss, the Captioned Telephone, or CapTel, CapTel-Amplified-Captioned-Telephoneworks like any other telephone with one important addition: It displays every word the caller says throughout the conversation. CapTel phone users can listen to the caller, and can also read the written captions in the CapTel’s bright display window.

You dial the other person’s number, exactly the same way as with any other telephone. While you dial, the CapTel phone automatically connects to the captioning service. When the other party answers, you hear everything they say, just like a traditional call. At the same time, the captioning service transcribes everything they say into captions, which appear on the CapTel display window. You hear what you can, and read what you need to.

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About Adam Bernstein

Adam Bernstein is the owner of The Hearing Professionals, Milwaukee's premier hearing healthcare facility. As the owner of The Hearing Professionals, Mr. Bernstein has over 20 years of experience in the hearing healthcare industry. He began his career in 1995 at GN Danavox, one of the largest hearing aid manufacturers in the world. After leaving Danavox, Mr. Bernstein opened two hearing healthcare offices in Chicago, IL. In 2001 he moved to Milwaukee, WI and opened The Hearing Professionals. In 2008 he added a second Wisconsin office in the town of Brookfield. Today The Hearing Professionals is the largest private audiology practice in SE Wisconsin. Mr. Bernstein has written numerous articles on hearing healthcare which has appeared in newspapers throughout the country and has been interviewed by news programs regarding advances in the hearing industry. Mr. Bernstein a member of Unitron’s Customer Advisory Board and a graduate of The University of Minnesota. You can email him at adam@icanhearthat.com and you can visit The Hearing Professionals at www.icanhearthat.com.

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