Cell Phone Accessories for Hearing Aids
The FCC now requires that hearing aid compatible (HAC) cell phones meet strict guidelines for quality. However, some hearing aid users wish to further improve their cell phone experience. Add-on devices and cell phone accessories can make cell phones even more compatible for a hearing aid user.
Many cell phones can be used with hearing aid telecoils. Hearing aid accessories that provide a hands-free option may also be helpful.
More About Hearing Aid Compatible (HAC) Cell Phone Accessories
HAC cell phone accessories are beneficial to hearing aid users for several reasons. They put distance between the hearing aid and the cell phone. As a result, it can cut down on any buzzing or feedback. It can also decrease any interference between the two devices.
Some HAC accessories can give you hands-free cell phone usage, which is especially important if you plan on using your cell phone while driving. You may also be able to use the speakerphone function on some devices if you use the microphone mode on your hearing aid.
All major cell phone manufacturers now must make HAC cell phones available to hearing aid users. Many also have HAC cell phone accessories available.
It’s a good idea to visit your cell phone carrier’s local store and ask about HAC phones and accessories. It’s also good to try them out in the store with your hearing aid before making a purchase. Trying the phone with the device will give you a good idea of how well the accessory will work for you.
Keep in mind that some phones and devices may work differently once you leave the store. So, it is also a good idea to find out about any money-back or satisfaction guarantees.