The real problem for newly diagnosed hearing impaired individuals is the confusion of choices when buying new hearing instruments. There are so many ads and hearing specialists that promise the best hearing in background noise with a specific product line. Who do you trust? What about saving money? Friends and family members with hearing aids all have different opinions. What benefits will the health insurance provide - if any? Wanting to avoid a serious financial mistake, the hearing-impaired consumer delays the decision and postpones taking any action to seek help.
A number of recent surveys that analyze hearing aid users' satisfaction with their devices recognize the importance of professionalism by the dispenser and the hearing care services provided. Advice provided by the Hearing Loss Association of America caution people to seek out certified hearing professionals that follow the 'Best Practices Guidelines' as recommended by the American Academy of Audiology and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
Prior to 7 - 8 years ago, hearing dispensers had a limited amount of adjustments that could be made. The hearing aid technology today speaks volumes for the manufacturers research and development commitment and the high level engineers who design the hearing instruments. But with all these innovations, it is the hearing care professional that helps each individual obtain maximum benefit. The hearing professional is a far more important consideration than the level of technology or its cost.
It's important that your hearing aid is performing at full capacity in order for you to receive the complete benefits that it can provide. Here's what you can do to keep it running well:
- Open the battery door each time the hearing aid is removed. This will prevent moisture build up and help dry out the hearing aid.
- Clean the hearing aid daily, using the provided brush and a tissue. Cleaning will prevent wax build up in the tube leading from the speaker to the outside of the hearing aid. Make sure you do not push wax down the tubing.
- Never sleep in your hearing aid. Remove it before going to bed.
- Your ear should be cleared of wax on a regular basis.
- A dry-aid kit should be used daily. It contains moisture-absorbing silicone crystals. The silicone can be recharged by putting it in the oven once the color changes to pink. The hearing aid’s battery has to be removed before using the kit.
- To avoid feedback in your hearing aid, turn it off before placing in your ear.
- If your hearing aid is malfunctioning, it may be necessary to have a professional conduct hearing aid repair, or re-program your hearing aid.
Choosing the right hearing aid is more than just selecting a hearing device.
The first step is to find a provider you trust. You don’t want someone who works off of a commission, but rather someone who has your best interest at heart. You want a provider with education and experience. You want someone who has access to a wide range of devices and isn’t obligated to sell you certain hearing aids to meet their goals. You’ll also want to choose a provider who will perform extensive testing so that the hearing aid you choose will work effectively.
When you work with an audiologist, you’ll get the knowledge, experience and testing you need to find the right solution to meet your unique needs. You’ll have a wide variety of hearing aid options from which to choose and an expert to help you make the right choice.
Though today’s digital hearing aids are reliable, durable and easy-to-use, they require proper care and maintenance to prolong their life and provide optimal performance.
Upon receiving your hearing aids, we will teach you how to clean and maintain your hearing aids at home. Because your hearing aids are subjected to moisture, heat, earwax, oil and other debris, they need to be cleaned daily, using a soft cloth. Never use household cleaners, as they can damage the delicate circuitry within your hearing aids. Change the wax filter as needed.
Other ways to keep your hearing aids in ideal condition include:
- Keep your devices away from sources of heat and moisture. At night, place your hearing aids on a safe, dry surface with the battery door open.
- Remove your hearing aids before applying make-up and hair care products.
- Help your batteries last longer by turning off your hearing aids when they’re not in use. Remember to keep hearing aid and batteries in a safe, dry place, out of reach of children and animals.
When you purchase hearing aids, you’re making an investment – in yourself, your relationships and your quality of life.
Buying hearing aids online or in box big stores may be convenient and offer savings, but the devices could be poor quality, ill-fitting, improperly programmed, or ineffective for your type and severity of hearing loss.
Hearing aid lemon laws can protect you if you’ve invested in a defective device, but it’s still important to work with a trusted hearing specialist to choose a hearing aid that will fit your specific needs and lifestyle.
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