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By now you will have begun to grow comfortable with your hearing aid, and its daily care should have become part of your routine. You may already be an expert in hooking it up to all kinds of systems, but just in case you don't know yet, we thought we'd explain to you how to connect your iPod or MP3 player to your Behind-the-Ear hearing aid.

First of all, you need to have a Direct Audio Input (DAI) hearing aid. This is a feature of many Behind-the-Ear models. It may need to be turned on or activated and your Hearing Health Care Professional can advise you about this.

Once you've checked that you have a DAI hearing aid, all you need is an Audio Shoe and an Audio Input Cable.

The Audio Shoe is a neat little gadget that slips over one end of your hearing aid and acts as the interface between the hearing aid and your iPod.

The Audio Input Cable (stereo or mono) has a 3.5 mm jack at one end, which plugs into your iPod, and a 3-pin Europlug at the other end, which plugs into the Audio Shoe.

You can use this system for all kinds of technology, not just iPods. Any device with a 3.5 mm headphone jack can be hooked up to your hearing aid, including computers, electronic keyboards, stereo systems, cell phones, portable DVD players and even in-flight entertainment systems on airplanes.

Everything you need to get connected is available from your Hearing Health Care Professional, so don't hesitate to ask them how you can get the most out of your hearing aid!